Who do you spend time with?


I have been fostering a dog from Romania until she can find a new home here in Hamburg. I suspect she has been through a lot but she has been great. Each day when I come down from my bedroom to start our early morning walk she greets me with affection and the excitement of starting a new day. Her lively spirit is infectious and having her here has brought new energy into my life. I have the urge to adopt her myself, but when I think about the travel and other time commitments that fill my life when the world is not restricted by a pandemic, I know that keeping her would be selfish.  So I am enjoying the days we have left together. 

My godson just turned eleven and his biggest wish for his birthday was to spend time with me. I don’t know what I have done to deserve such admiration but I certainly didn’t want to disappoint him. He likes that he can practice his English with me. He plays basketball too so we shot some hoops and then we did some cooking together. It reminded me how much I love to mentor. Also, the curiosity with which he sees the world from his young age remained me to take time to view life through this open and inquisitive perspective more often.  

It is said that we are like the five people we spend the most time with. Since I don’t spend a lot of time with any one person I like to consider who brings out the best in me. Whether it be a dog whose joy is infectious or a boy who motivates me to be the best version of myself, I am reminded that who I spend time with influences and helps define the type of person I am. For many it is a time of restricted movement. It may not be easy to pick and choose who you get to spend time with but we live in a time when we have endless means of communication. Even a phone call or a video call with someone who lifts your spirits and inspires you can make a big difference. So remember to spend some time in some way with a person or people who bring out the best in you.