Take Time to Make Time - United Way of Greater St. Louis

Take Time to Make Time

“Look around you. Look up here.
Take time to make time. Make time to be there.
Look around. Be a part.”

Unfortunately these are not original words of mine. They are from the song “Lady” by the Little River Band. And what do the lyrics from an Australian 70s soft rock band have to do with United Way’s GenNext?

As convenient as volunteering can be with GenNext, it’s easy to get caught up in everyday life and lose track. Between work activities, social activities, running errands, trying to stay in shape and hopefully some relaxation, weeks can fly by in an instant.

I’ve often fallen into this trap. Work gets stressful Monday through Friday, and it’s hard to squeeze much more in. Then, by the time you hit the weekend, you need to unwind or more often than not, in my case, there are projects waiting around the house. Before you know it, it’s Monday again and the cycle starts over.

This is when it’s important to remember what your core values are. If I look in the mirror, am I most proud that I attended another work happy hour, cut the grass, went to the gym or…donated my time and efforts to a worthy cause?

In a perfect world, we could do all of the above with time to spare. However, I’ve learned that time is our most valuable resource. You cannot buy more time. You can only spend your time more wisely.

Look around you. Look up here.
Who is in need? Where can your talents best be utilized?

Take time to make time. Make time to be there.
It takes conscious effort to make time for the activities that are most important to you.

Look around. Be a part.
Make a commitment to get involved and better your community.

It’s easy to fall into a routine. We need to be sure that the things that matter the most to us are made a priority.


Nick Arb - GenNext Steering CommitteeNick is currently the Energy Solutions Specialist at Frost Supply. Nick graduated from Santa Clara University in sunny California’s Bay Area with a degree in Business. Returning to St. Louis in 2010, Nick settled in South City with his dog Mo. Nick is getting married to his long time sweetheart and fellow GenNext volunteer Megan in 2014. Outside of work, he enjoys DIY projects, fitness, local dining, throwing washers and most certainly participating in GenNext.  Nick’s favorite part of GenNext is contributing to the local community while getting to meet interesting new people.

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