Charles Schultz Philosophy

Take a moment to ponder the following philosophy from Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. No need to answer the questions; just read through the email and you’ll understand the message.

  1. Can you name the five richest individuals in the world?
  2. How about the last five Heisman Trophy winners?
  3. Or the most recent five Miss America winners?
  4. Can you list ten people who have won Nobel or Pulitzer Prizes?
  5. What about the last six winners of the Academy Award for Best Actor or Actress?
  6. And can you recall the World Series winners of the past decade?

How did you fare?

The point being, most of us struggle to remember these headliners from the past. These are top achievers in their respective fields, yet their fame fades over time. Awards lose their shine, achievements are forgotten, and accolades are buried with their recipients.

Now, let’s try a different quiz:

  1. Think of a few teachers who made a positive impact on your educational journey.
  2. Name three friends who provided support during challenging times.
  3. List five people who taught you valuable lessons.
  4. Reflect on individuals who made you feel appreciated and special.
  5. Consider five people you genuinely enjoy spending time with.

Wasn’t that easier?

The lesson here is that the people who truly make a difference in our lives are not necessarily the ones with the most accolades, money, or credentials. It’s those who genuinely care about us. The best part is that each day, we have the power to choose how we care and make a difference in the lives of others. Each one of us has the ability to create change. You can change the world, one smile, one act of kindness at a time. Bet you didn’t know that!

And remember, if you ever feel overwhelmed and things seem insurmountable, “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”