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.
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.
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.
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.