Monday, January 19, 2009

The Charles Schulz Philosophy

A friend sent this to me this morning. It is well worth reading and pondering. The premise is absolutely true with me. I cannot remember the famous award winners. However, I can remember those who made a difference in my life. And that includes the person who sent this list to me. Thank you Diane.

The Charles Schulz Philosophy:

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 on them. 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 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.

Easier? 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! "Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia !" "Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken!"

To quote that great philosopher Judy Garland:

"Be the first rate version of yourself, not the second rate version of someone else."


  1. I'm so glad you liked it and shared!

    Did you know Charles Schultz and I share the same birthday - just different year (11/26). My youngest son told me that quite a few years ago when he bought me a collectible Snoopy pen.

    Since then, he's given me a huge book (hard-bound) of all of the Snoopy comic-strips; it's a treasure, and how I enjoy it when I'm 'sick in bed', or 'sick at heart' - either way, it brings me back....

    Sure love the sitar - it's brisk; bright, and ethereal - continue to love your playlists.


  2. I love Charles Schulz! Just something else we have in common Diane! I also have his "Peanuts" coffee table books. I haven't looked at them for years but I will look at them now. They are timeless.


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