I think I may have posted this once, some years ago. But the thought it expresses is timeless. So, whether for the first or second time, I would like to pass it along now.
The following philosophy has often been attributed to “Peanuts” creater Charles M. Schulz. That attribution is not correct; Mr. Schulz is not the author.
But regardless of who the actual author was, it is, as the title says, a very worthwhile philosophy – which is why, with a bit of corrective surgery on the text, I am posting it below:
A Very Worthwhile Philosophy
Here are some questions. You don’t have to actually answer them; just read keep reading and you’ll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world .
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, most of us will not remember the headliners of yesterday. They are not second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school…
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
The lesson: 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 are the ones who care.