Letter – Make time for others

Published 4:50 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

In our fast-paced and often hectic lives, taking time for others is a valuable and meaningful act of kindness. It involves offering our undivided attention, support and compassion to the people around us. 

Whether it’s spending quality time with loved ones, lending a listening ear to a friend in need\ or volunteering to help those less fortunate, making time for others is an essential practice that strengthens relationships, fosters connection and promotes overall well-being. This letter explores the significance of taking time for others and the positive impact it can have on both individuals and communities.

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One of the greatest gifts we can give to others is our presence. In a world filled with distractions and constant demands on our time, taking the initiative to truly be present with someone demonstrates that we value and care about them. When we give our undivided attention, we create space for meaningful conversations, heartfelt connections and the building of deeper relationships. Whether it’s engaging in a face-to-face conversation, putting away our electronic devices or actively listening without interruption, the simple act of being fully present can bring immense joy and fulfillment to both the giver and the receiver.

Taking time for others also involves providing support and empathy when needed. Life presents various challenges and hardships, and having someone who is willing to offer a listening ear, a comforting shoulder or practical assistance can make a significant difference. It may be as simple as lending a helping hand with a task, providing words of encouragement or being a source of emotional support during difficult times. 

These acts of kindness not only provide immediate assistance but also communicate a sense of care and understanding that can bring comfort and solace to those who are struggling.


Mitchell Simmons