Friday, November 21, 2008

The Charles Schultz Philosophy

The following is a philosophy of life attributed to Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions to get the point. Just ponder on them.

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, few 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 set of questions. See how you do with these:

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.

For me, I thought this was something good to ponder on the weekend before Thanksgiving. I realized how easy it was for me to answer the second set of questions and how many people have touched my life. There have been family, friends, teachers, mentors, and colleagues who have given me something of themselves. I feel very, very thankful and my life is richer.

So, what are you thankful for?


Unknown said...

Very nice blog entry for this upcoming season. Thanks from all of us in the blog space!

Cheryl said...

We are huge Charles Schultz fans at our house. Dale thinks the Christmas special and "It's the Great Pumpkin" are two of the greatest movies ever. I loved your sentiment. I'd share what I'm thankful for, but I started a list just the other day and it is way too long to share here. Suffice it to say, I love life and all that God has given us including basic needs, family, friends, and opportunity. Thanks for being one of those long time friends!