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An Oldie But A Goodie

“1.  Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2.  Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3.  Name the last five winners of Miss America.

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 are the ones who care.” — Charles Shultz


Enough said.



38 thoughts on “An Oldie But A Goodie”

    1. I don’t know anything about the fame game, but I do know something about people getting caught up in the notion that significant professional achievements equate to success in life. And I have watched these people grieve over how much they lost in their efforts to gain. I’m all for professional success – as long as it doesn’t become the only element of one’s life that matters.

  1. And, guess whose name is on all of my lists? (and since I’ve always learned something from you, it’s easy to put you on the list of teachers who aided my journey through high school, too.) Great wake-up call on a morning when my eyes and ears have already seen and heard more than I can bear. Or is it bare? See, can no longer think but I can feel and I felt your post this morning deep in my bones and it made me smile. To the moon and back.

    1. We had the joy of being able to teach each other Jo..and the lives you lifted throughout your career are probably too many to count. The tremendous insensitivity you have had to be witness to and affected by is beyond awful, and all I can hope is that you are surrounded by love as you plow through the callous bureaucracy that you are dealing with right now. To the moon..xox, m

  2. So true. We remember the people and events that have an emotional impact on us. The rest is just history. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

    1. I agree – and think it’s so important to remember when thinking about the real meaning of ‘success’ – at least the kind that resonates and remains over the long term. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. As those ahead of me have Indicated, this is so profoundly true. Funnily enough, this morning I was thinking about a high school teacher who made a huge difference in my outlook on life at a time when I was incredibly impressionable. And I have a *very* dear friend whose name pops up in answer to questions 2-4. 🙂 Thx for the reminder that we encounter powerful, heroic, amazing people in our lives on a regular basis, honey.
    “The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” Helen Keller


    1. My hunch is that you need no reminder sweetie, for you are one who appears on the list of answers to the last list of questions more often than not. You impact everyone who knows you, in ways both great and small. And that is a testament to how you live your life and the priorities that somehow always remain in their proper order…
      And once again – your quote is perfect! xoxo

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