Anniversaries are definitely a time to think about giving gifts. Pocket calendars for each new year often has featured in it an anniversary calendar of what an acceptable gift is for the anniversary to go. And for each year, the gift given comes with hope that it will radiate a beam of light on your loved ones face.
Companies often acknowledge an employee for their years of service whenever an anniversary approaches. Some companies give certificates. Some companies give a sentimental gift like a pin or something from Tiffany’s to take home with them. Others give a check for all the sick time you didn’t take or two weeks pay. Then there are companies that are a little more generous.“I’ve learned that the word that most defines this decade, even this century, is disconnect. What this magazine does is reconnect people to what deserves priority and to bring meaning to their lives.” – Oprah Winfrey
Billionaire Oprah Winfrey started her self-titled magazine in 2000. The first magazine was published on April 19, 2000. It’s amazing how far they have come in such a short time.
The magazine features stories about her personal experiences with weight, relationships, life and more as well as other stories that interest a large variety of woman from all different backgrounds. It since has enjoyed considerable amounts of success. Aside from her popular television talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which has an estimated amount of 22 million viewers a week, her magazine has over 3 million readers.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of O magazine. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Oprah Magazine, Oprah Winfrey gave to her staff an unexpected bonus. Oprah Winfrey gifted IPads, leather cases with their initials on it and $10,000 checks to all staff members of O Magazine in celebration of the magazine’s ten year anniversary. I was happy with my little 49 hour sick check and company pin that my workplace gave but a $10,000 check, that is very generous.
My word of the day today is magnanimous. Magnanimous is an adjective from the Latin word Magnanimus that means showing or suggesting nobility of feeling and generosity of mind. How many times do you hear of bosses acknowledging their staff with such generous hospitality; some, but not all.
While life can often give you lemons, sometimes it is better to see the half cup full and instead share a smile and some pollyannaish gestures knowing it’s contagious and might just infect someone with it. We can walk in this world grumpy about how much work we had to do today at the workplace or instead show gratitude for the simple fact that you have a job when so many people don’t. You can look at the fact that the company gave you a cup with the company logo on it as a year anniversary bonus, or you can accept the act of kindness and appreciate the thought.
Oprah Winfrey has always delighted in giving gifts. It showed on her last visit to New York when her television talk show was filming and how the lines to try to be a studio guest were more ridiculous than a line to see the artist Drake in a free concert. But whatever the gift, it is the thought that counts. And when received, thank the giver for being the magnanimous one they are, even if it is something simple. As for me, I am both happy and proud to see Oprah Winfrey continue to make strides in her life and wish her continued success in all she does.
Word of the Day: Magnanimous
My oh my, Sunday is Father’s Day; what do I give to a man who has everything?
Another year of his incredible strength blessing my life and my everything.
Gifts are about the sentimental value more than the cost written on the price tag.
Now are we celebrating the anniversary of O, Oprah Winfrey’s mag.
A top of the morning news story says to employees she gave gifts.
Not your ordinary gift though, one that was magnanimous.
Imagine walking into work one day and receiving a $10,000 check for your service.
More gifts to top it: an IPad and a case with your name inscribed upon it.
Oprah Winfrey is known for doing things like that even with her television audience.
Up must have been the spirits of her workers; It’s good to feel appreciated.
So happy to know of her success and I smile to see strong woman out there making it.
© Stephanie Jeannot