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  1. M
    Mike

    I don’t know. Moreover, when I’ve tried to speculate previously on questions like this, I’ve found it leading less to insight and more to self-absorption. So I need to live my conscience as best I can, and to leave the accounting to others.

    3 years ago
  2. O.Christina

    I can only hope that my intention of being and interacting with all in this world in a kind way, in trying to be of service to others through words, deeds and being there with all my heart and presence may contribute to the well being of others. What really happens after radiating out into the world, the impact it may have afterwards, usually lies beyond my knowing. I only hope it serves others.

    3 years ago
    1. Sandra

      This is an inspiring response to the question, Ose ❤️️

      3 years ago
  3. Malag

    Questions of how can I know what I don’t know can be interesting. In this case I can’t think of anything.

    3 years ago
  4. d
    db82258

    I had a young family living next door to me who showed me many gifts. One day whilst out pulling weeds, a young boy of 5 was in his back yard entertaining himself by singing a soft little song to himself. About the same time his older brother was at the front of the house practicing on how to say a not too bad cuss word, I think I heard 50 variations of the word sxxx. The young boy gifted me with such a sweetness inside with his little song. The older brother gifted me with a deep source of amusement that it still makes me smile today. Neither of these boys new that I was on the other side of the fence, neither knew the gifts they had given me that day. The contribution was to just live life and be present.

    3 years ago
  5. KC

    Not sure I am the one to know this. I just hope and pray that some of my good intentions are realized, and that there are enough positives to outweigh the negatives more often than not, when it really counts, and in the long run…

    3 years ago
  6. M
    MemoPC

    I believe everyone is having an impact on their world just by being alive. It maybe a positive impact. It maybe a negative impact. Because everyone has worth they make an impact even when they don’t know what that impact is. I pray the way I live and treat life around me makes a positive contribution to the world. It’s impossible to have no impact.

    3 years ago
  7. Don Jones

    My wish and my blessing for all of you is much joy, Love and bliss. I don’t know where this will land and that is OK.

    3 years ago
  8. TofuLove

    Oddly what came up for me is that in my not so stellar moments I contribute by giving people an example NOT to follow. And by seeing the things they can recognize as not positive behaviors in me, it acts as mirror making them question those things in themselves and if they want to also behave in those ways or if they want to change.

    We can try our best and I’d say most humans are trying, yet we all are gonna have our moments so may as well try to see the positive possible even in those moments.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      I liked your perspective on this.

      3 years ago
  9. Chester

    Indeed only God knows. All I know is that which I intend for good may be used for bad and that which I intend for bad may be used for good. And that which is good or bad now may not be so in the future. Such is the peril of judging outcomes as opposed to intent.

    3 years ago
    1. Anna

      The peril of judging the outcomes as opposed to intent….so true Chester, so true.

      3 years ago
  10. Linda

    I am a friendly person and I hope it spreads out into the world.

    3 years ago
  11. L
    Lauryn

    Whatever it is, it’s something I’m refraining from doing or participating in. Some action I’m not taking. Something I’m not reacting to.

    3 years ago
  12. pkr

    I contribute to this world by being ME. I am unique, there is only one ME. I try to be the best version of ME as possible. I have worked very hard in these last many years on myself. I am a work in progress.
    I try to be kind always. I try to navigate my day by blessing those around me. I pray…..I know I have a long way to go, to learn. I am open to growing. I am trying to be a positive force in my “neighborhood”.
    Be Well All….❤️🙏

    3 years ago
  13. devy

    Everyday I try to remind myself that I am part of the universe. Even though I am such a tiny part in it, I do contribute somehow but how the world functions. By making positive contributions, I have an affect on how the world operates..

    3 years ago
  14. Sandra

    I have appreciated the responses to this question so far, they’ve made me smile, caused me to think, made me smile again… Taking a little time to reflect on the question and on everyone’s answers led me to wonder ‘why this question?’ It is, indeed, unanswerable. And that sent my thoughts down this path:

    Maybe the question is a reminder that we are each making a contribution whether we know it or not. Samuel’s reply captures this for me. So we have to be mindful that our every action or inaction is making a contribution and we want that contribution to be a positive one. And we can remember that when we are feeling worthless and feel that we contribute nothing to a situation, there may be good ripples spreading that we can’t see or know about.

    In my life right now I am struggling with feeling that I am not contributing constructively to a particular situation. I don’t like how that makes me feel. I want to change things but feel that’s impossible without hurting others so I suffer instead: I do nothing for fear of contributing something negative.

    Reflecting on this question has led me to think about this situation differently.

    3 years ago
  15. Elaine

    All of life is interconnected. Sometimes I am awake to this truth sometimes I’m not. I’m making a contribution (whether positive or negative) without necessarily knowing it because I’m not always attuned to interconnectedness. Daily reminder: Gratefulness practice is the way to wake up!

    3 years ago
  16. Mica

    How would I know?😜

    3 years ago
    1. L
      Lauryn

      Exactly!

      3 years ago
  17. Journey

    While the question is puzzling it does give us pause. Maybe we can try and identify what contributions we are making to the world. Not sure how many of us think that way. We often think about areas we want to improve in. How about we use this Q to think of the ways we are already contributing to ourselves, others and the world at large. Happy Friday. I’m back after a very long time.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Welcome back Journey!

      3 years ago
  18. Holly in Ohio

    What a funny question. If I don’t know it, how can I answer? 😄

    3 years ago
  19. Cintia

    Good question…
    In this moment, right now, I’m reflecting on the question and a bee has entered the room.
    I stopped writing and opened the window! The bee could fly out into nature.
    I think I helped with some contribution 🙂

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      I just recently watched (two times now) Netflix Bridgerton. There is a bee that shows itself from time to time and I had googled it and came across this:
      Bee omen- They symbolize happiness and good luck. Some legends in the past have associated bees in dreams with improvement in life. We know that bees form a highly organized society

      3 years ago
  20. Samuel

    I have long believed that as a self-professed Christian I may indeed be “the only Bible some folk may ever ‘read’” and thus must act accordingly at all times so as to set a good example. I don’t know of even a single instance where this really has been the case, but I still believe it to be true and intend to continue my efforts to live it.

    3 years ago
    1. Sandra

      I love this reply, Samuel.

      3 years ago
  21. Howie Geib

    I suppose it would be ideal if we always knew our impacts, and yet I am not unhappy with my ignorance. Theoretically something I say or do quite unconsciously can be seen or overheard by some passerby and this somehow triggers in them a decision or conviction that changes their life, for better or worse. I know from experience that something I have said or done with the very best intentions disappointingly later turns out to have had quite the opposite effect. So that even having the right intentions doesn’t guarantee positive outcomes down the line. Perhaps it is as simple as putting what effort I do have into working on being precisely who I am, and letting the chips fall where they may.

    3 years ago
  22. sunnypatti48317

    Maybe you should ask my husband, or my neighbors, or my coworkers… because I don’t know the answer!

    But I do hope that I am contributing good energy and light in all that I do, all the time. I hope I make people smile and feel good. I hope I am seen as a helper and as someone who helps others rise to their highest potential. Peace!

    3 years ago
  23. Michele

    How can I answer the question when ‘without even knowing it’ is in it? I know work-wise I am making a contribution in helping tissue and organ donors meet their wishes upon their death. Everyone makes contributions to the world because we are in it. Breathing releases CO2 for starters.

    3 years ago
    1. Sandra

      Your work makes a wonderful contribution Michele, thank you for it 😊 I shall need to think about this question before answering it. Perhaps I will know later what I don’t know now 😉

      3 years ago
      1. Michele

        Thank you Sandra:)

        3 years ago
  24. Kevin

    Okay, the literalist in me is unleashed! If I don’t know what contribution I am making in the world how can I name it?

    Or, in the words of the renowned Kehlog Albran, in his long out of print tome, “The Profit,” there’s this:

    “The earth is like a grain of sand, only much heavier.”

    “I have seen the future and it is very much like the present. Only longer.”

    “If a goldfish should want a vacation, who would know?”

    “Spiders are relatively high in protein, but they tickle.”

    There. I feel better now.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Thank you, Kevin, for laughs! I’ve googled him. It sounds like Kellogg’s All-bran. Maybe I can get a copy on Abebooks or somewhere 🤗🥰

      3 years ago
    2. Mary Pat

      Not alot has given me reason to smile lately, but this did! Thank you, Kevin!

      3 years ago
    3. Mike

      Or as my favorite Yogi (Berra) said “You can observe a lot by just watching.”

      3 years ago
    4. Patricia

      Thanks, I needed that!!!

      3 years ago
    5. L
      Lee Anne

      Thank you, Kevin. I know I am not going insane! 🙄

      3 years ago
    6. Dusty Su

      Ha, ha, okay then…there we have it.

      3 years ago
    7. sunnypatti48317

      I read it quite literally myself! Sometimes the questions are worded funny. Thank you for sharing some humor!

      3 years ago
    8. Michele

      You and I think alike Kevin!

      3 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Dangerous! 🙂

        3 years ago
  25. Dusty Su

    I think I know enough to be encouraged and don’t know enough to make myself reasonably humble.

    The perhaps more impactful question would be, who or what am I hurting and don’t know? This is what I’d rather be aware of and alter.

    3 years ago
    1. Kevin

      Ah, thank you for making better sense of today’s question than I was able to, Dusty Su! I just decided to have a little fun with it instead.

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Fun is always good, Kevin…yay.

        3 years ago
  26. Christine

    I smiled reading this question 😊. And indeed I do’nt know, but this is what I hope that my contribution is:
    “What the world needs now is love sweet love”.
    “This little light of mine, I’m gona let it shine”. 🗺️💛

    3 years ago
    1. pkr

      Christine, love your response, so sweet….have a delightful weekend. Shine your light bright.❤️

      3 years ago
      1. Christine

        😊 Thank you zo much, PKR. And I wish you a wonderful weekend in return. ☀️💛☀️

        3 years ago
    2. Kevin

      And further into that song, Christine the line, “Don’t think you can blow-It-Out,” are words I also love about this tune!

      3 years ago
      1. Christine

        So true, Kevin!!

        3 years ago

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