Do you find that sometimes certain things keep coming around? Perhaps it is simply a reminder for us to do something we have forgotten – and which are important in our lives.
I received this in an email that a school mate circulated recently. It was the same one my 10-year old daughter sent me about a year ago – which moved me profoundly. It is just as meaningful when it came around again. This time, I commit to not only keep it at top of mind – but to keep it in motion by doing something about it.
If you have read this before – and are reading it again: perhaps, like me, you just need a little nudge to kick into action.
The following is the philosophy of
Charles Schultz, 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.
1. Name the five wealthiest people
in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman
3. Name the last five winners of
the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the
Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy
Award winner for best actor and actress.
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 are the ones who
So what has this reminded you that is significant to jump start again?