Oprah Magazine’s December Big Question

This is the last installment of my Big Questions series here on the blog (I’m going to miss this monthly feature). As you know by now, The Oprah Magazine addressed a different soul-searching question every month for 2018 deeming it The Year of Big Questions. I’ve answered the questions in my own way each month as a way for you to get to know me a little bit better, but also as a way for me to get to know myself better.

Oprah Magazine December Big Question

The gorgeous cover of The Oprah Magazine for December

For the month of December, there isn’t a question plastered across the cover screaming out to us for an answer like each of the previous months. This time it’s tucked away inside the magazine. Oprah asks,”How can you brighten your corner of the world?” and “What is your gift to give?” The author says, “Is it a special skill, an ardent passion, time, money, a pair of hands. Whatever you have to offer, know this simple truth: It can do real and lasting good.”

We all have a lot to offer others. It’s important to be a giver in our lives. As you can see above, it doesn’t have to be a physical object that you’re giving. It can be something much grander than that. The holiday season is the perfect time to evaluate this question. It’s the perfect time of year to give to others less fortunate than ourselves.

Do something good today quote

photo credit: stock photo by Rorygez Fresh

The questions asked are two that I’ve been asking myself for years. I think that as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that my time on this earth is ticking away at what seems to be a faster pace. The years seem to get shorter. I think long and hard about what I will leave behind when I’m gone.

What will people remember about me? I hope to be remembered for my kindness. I hope to be remembered for what I did to help others that made their days better. Sometimes it may be that I’ve offered money to a charity or to a Go Fund Me campaign of a total stranger. Other days I may hold a door for someone or smile and ask how they are. I hope that I’m making a difference in the lives around me.

Lions Club volunteer work

My Lion’s Club volunteering at the eyeglass recycling center

I feel like my “gift to give” is ME

  • my heart
  • my kind words
  • my prayers
  • my thoughts
  • my knowledge if I have something to teach
  • my experiences that may help others learn from not only my mistakes, but also my triumphs
  • my hard work
  • my time
  • my volunteer work
  • my fundraising efforts
  • my positive and optimistic attitude

How would answer the Oprah Magazine December big question for yourself?

You can read last month’s answer to Oprah Magazine’s Big Question. You can also see my previous posts by going to the Lifestyle section in the navigation tab at the top of this page.

16 Comments

  1. December 10, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    You are a huge gift to give Stacie! I loved this series!

  2. December 10, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    I love this question and I’d answer that it’s for sure my heart!

  3. Kim
    December 10, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    Always a great reminder!

  4. Aimee Shugarman
    December 10, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Kindness goes a long way, I try every day in December to think of how I can make a difference in someone’s day….and then I hope they pay it forward to someone else. šŸ™‚

  5. Kristyn
    December 10, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    What a great question to ponder & think about!

  6. Tara
    December 10, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    I’m going to have to think on this one! Lately I’ve been feeling the pull to give more in helping others, but I’m not sure how to fit that into my already overcrowded schedule.

  7. December 10, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    This is beautifully written Stacie! Spending time with you in NYC was indeed a gift! You are certainly known for your kind heart! Iā€™m so inspired by the way you give back in ways both big and small. xo

    • Stacie
      Stacie
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 11:55 am

      Thanks so much Tonya!! NYC was such an amazing experience on so many levels. I’m so happy they assigned us as roommates!! You’re the best!! Stacie xo
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  8. December 10, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    Love the gift of giving my heart and my prayers. What a great reminder.

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