Tuesday 6 January 2009

An Important Lesson from the "Peanuts" Gallery...

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.

You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point (although you may need to modify the questions a bit to fit your own context if you live outside the United States.)

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 pageant.
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 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 simply are the ones who care the most.

Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life, and...don't worry anymore about the world coming to an end today, because it's already "tomorrow" in Australia!

Just be yourself -- everyone else is taken!

P.S. For some reason I couldn't get the cartoons to "stick" when pasted directly into my blog here, so here is someone's else's website which includes that "animated" illustrated version of what you see above -- complete with Peanuts cartoons, and a disclaimer by Snopes that Charles Schulz actually wasn't the author of this fine piece, although it sure sounds like something he might have said. -Clair

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