The Peanuts comic strip has been bringing levity to our lives since 1950. It has been translated into many languages and has been published in more than 2,000 newspapers. In the year 2000, the creator of the very famous Charlie Brown and his friends, Charles Schulz, passed away in his home in California. Since then we continue to enjoy the comic strip. Recently, we learned that Charles Schulz may have penned the words noted below. Although we are not able to confirm the authorship, they are profound, insightful and worthy of sharing.
Ponder the following questions:
- Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
- Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
- Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
- Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
- Name the last half-dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
- Name six recipients of any Country Music Award
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are not 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:
- List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
- Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
- Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
- Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
- Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
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.