Saturday, January 3, 2015

What Matters Most in the Coming Year

With all the hustle and bustle of making a living, wanting more and more wealth, or counting on fame and the world winning a beauty contest or superbowl game, we forget what really matters. 

Charles Shultz, creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip seemed to have gotten it right with a series of questions. You won't be graded on these but see how well you can answer 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 American Pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor or actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.(Even the last two or three years winners) 

I think I remember some of the wealthiest people. They are always on the news. I don’t remember the last World Series winner but a few years ago it was Boston Red Sox who never win but the point is most of us don't remember the headlines of yesterday. All those people who fit into the winners of those categories were the best in their field. But after a while the applause dies, the awards tarnish and achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners. 

Here is another list of questions you might do much better answering:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
4. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with. 

Was that easier? I think so. The point here? 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 care about you. Your family and close associates are the most important in your life.  What really matters most. 
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