From the Center 10-23-19

Published 10:46 am Friday, October 25, 2019

I came across an excellent post on Facebook as I was scrolling recently and thought it was too good not to share.

It was titled The Philosophy of Charles Schulz. Schulz, as you know, was the creator of the Peanuts comic strip.

After doing a little research, I found that it was not, in fact, created by Mr. Schulz, but still very worthy of sharing.

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You don’t actually have to take the quizzes. Just read this straight through and you’ll get the point.

Here’s the first quiz:

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 facts are, 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.

6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.


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.

That struck home. What a great lesson for all of us, no matter who penned it.

Is your name on someone’s second list?  That, to me, would be one of the greatest honors in life.