A friend of mine from high school recently sent me an email that reminded me of what is really important in life. The email contained the philosophy of Charles Schulz, creator of the classic comic strip Peanuts. I was so struck by the power of this simple message that I wanted to share it with others. It is set forth below.
Here’s A Little Quiz:
You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them.
Just read it straight through, and you’ll get the point.
Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
Name the last decade’s worth of World Series Winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies.
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!
Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Did you find that Easier?
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials…
The most money…or the most awards…
They simply are the ones who care the most.
In my life, the main difference makers are my friends and family, and yes, these include my terrific co-workers. But they can be anybody . . . educators, doctors, coaches, volunteers, and so on . . . even the thoughtful person who opens the door for another or lets someone in front of him or her in line. In this Thanksgiving season take a moment to think about and appreciate those who have made a difference in your life and what you might do to make a difference in the lives of others. Who cares? I do!
And to my high school friend who passed the email on to me . . . THANK YOU!!