I’ve noticed that the world in general is completely hypnotized by current affairs, celebrities, and sports. I’m certainly guilty- especially with my hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals, battling it out with the Texas Rangers for the World Series win. It’s become very apparent that things like “current” affairs and celebrity drama last about as long as it takes the broadcaster to cover the story. In the blink of an eye, what once was popular is now passé. But this past week, I had a “blink” moment of my own.
My oldest son, Aidan, celebrated his fifth birthday this week. As I watched him swing at his piñata, gobble up birthday cake, and destroy beautifully-wrapped packages to get to the presents inside, I was overcome with the feeling that his first five years have come and gone far too quickly.
I was reminded of something a teacher of mine referred to as the “Charles Schulz Philosophy”. As the creator of “Peanuts” (You guessed it, Charlie Brown!!!), Schulz became famous for making the plain and ordinary very funny for all to enjoy. His “philosophy” was actually a series of questions, which I’d like you to try to answer (just do your best… and no internet searching!):
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 contest.
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 the 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 three people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
The Schulz 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 that care.
Monday Morning Perspective
“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles Schulz
“If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.” – Charles Schulz
I know that life can feel like a rat race of schedules, drama, demands, and needs. But every once in a while I take a glimpse at my children and am reminded that life is so much more valuable than the sum of its parts. Looking at my son on his fifth birthday was enough to remind me that of all of the things we’re given in this life, special people and our time with them are two things we should never take for granted.
Here’s to blinking less and seeing more.
Have a wonderful week!
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