Monday, September 11, 2006

Wisdom for Peanuts

FabDame sent me this and I think it's a great thing for all of us to remember, especially on this sad anniversary:

We all strive for significance in our lifetimes. For many of us who will never achieve national acclaim for anything, there is sometimes a nagging suspicion that we should have done better.

From the two quizzes below, you will quickly see that each of us has the ability and opportunity to be significant where it really counts.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heismann 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, 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. 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.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

Easier? 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 that care. Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life.

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.

~ Charles Schultz

1 Comments:

Blogger Beth Ciotta said...

That was a beautiful lesson/reminder, Ann. Thank you for sharing. :)

September 11, 2006 5:46 PM  

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