My parents have these beautiful asters growing in their garden this summer, and we’ve picked several bouquets to bring home. As I was looking at this recent bunch, I got thinking about how nice it is to share. I like to share stuff from my garden, too, but that’s not the only thing you can share.

1. Share something you know. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know something useful. If you’re reading this, you know how to use a computer. Do you know someone who’s trying to learn? Offer to help them. Think about other things you know how to do. If you’re crafty, share your techniques with a friend. Do you know how to bake a perfect angel food cake? Pass that recipe along.

2. Share your time. All of us are pressed for time, but sometimes this is all that other people need. Kids definitely need a lot of time, even more than they need the latest toys and stuff. Set aside some time to share: play a game with your kids, visit with a sick friend, catch up on the phone. Sharing time with people lets them know they’re important to you!

3. Share something you have. Along with everything else I grow in my garden, flowers are fun to share. What I’ve noticed is that if I keep my flowers to myself, they bloom and die pretty quickly in the garden. If I cut them and share them, the plants make more and more. They’re meant to be shared, like lots of what we have.

What do you like to share? Do you have any other ideas for sharing?

There is no delight in owning anything unshared. ~Seneca