Travel. It is not all about fame, and money and notoriety. Far from it. But don’t take my word for it. Take a lesson from the creator of the Peanuts cartoon character, Charles Schultz, and make a difference in other people’s lives. Here is a reminder that it is truly the “ordinary” people who make a difference.
The Charles Schultz Philosophy
- Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
- Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
- Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
- 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 the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
The truth is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are not second-rate achievers; they are the best in their fields.
But after the applause dies and the awards become tarnished, achievements are forgotten and the accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Now try this…
- 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.
- Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
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 that cared. Perhaps if we all put a bit more caring into our lives, the world would be a better place. Who’s game?
PS: Pitchers and Catchers reported last week–you know what that means!