Giving yourself is the greatest gift you can give, right? When you give yourself and your time, you are giving something something that can't ever be given back. It's the ultimate sacrifice. I think knowing that is what makes it worth the effort.
I don't know about you guys, but I am feeling utterly drained. This time of the year is a time to exert all your energy when you don't have much left to give. So when you start to feel exhausted, just remember that you have a choice. You have a choice to give your time. And I hope you do. In fact, I hope you push yourself a little past exhaustion, and make yourself feel uncomfortable. You can take the time for yourself when all your work is over, but when you push yourself a little harder, and test that limit, you get something special from it. You can take a step back and see that you've made a difference.
It doesn't have to be something big, but I dare you all to do something kind, but something that might feel uncomfortable for you. Smile at someone you don't know, even if you are in a terrible mood. Help someone with their groceries, young or old. Give a perfect stranger a gift, go Christmas Caroling, talk to someone shy, make a friend, do something new.
I can nearly promise you that it will reward you. And if it doesn't, then maybe you just need to look a little closer at what you have done for someone else. Because when you hand someone yourself, you are offering them something no one else can. Because you are the only you out there, so why not give it to them? You are great, you are better than great! And you have something to share with everyone.