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The Charlie Schulz Philosophy

>> 16 January 2009

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 ponder 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, 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.


Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken!


Lance 16 January 2009 at 23:37  

I love that reminder Mimi - it's those who are there, through thick and thin, no matter what - that really make a difference. And that's a great message to hear!

Unknown 17 January 2009 at 02:50  

Great post! Very true too. Some of the best people in my lives I knew only briefly. They were there to teach me a nugget of truth about life, and move on, but I will never forget them!

Mindful Mimi 18 January 2009 at 10:12  

@ Lance: it's people above everything else. The relationships with the ones we love is what we should work on the hardest and cherish the most.

@ Jay: I am convinced that everything happens for a reason. And meeting people is one of those things. We meet people for a reason. Whether they come into our life to give or take something, they always come to teach a lesson. Sometimes we only realise that later in life.

B J Keltz 23 January 2009 at 00:15  

Oh, I love this! Will add one little thing. The other set of people I remember well are those I was able to help in some meaningful way, or invest myself into (like the employee who wanted to learn how to quilt so she could make them for her sons).

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