March 5, 2009


The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip.

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.

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.

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 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.

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia ." (Charles Schultz)

Originally posted November 4, 2006


  1. I like this philosophy... it matches my own.

  2. Really puts things into persepctive, huh? :)

  3. It's so interesting that you decided on this particular post this morning... as I was thinking just a few moments ago about 2 of my junior high teachers who had a major impact on my life and my career... which, in turn, changed my life! They were Mr. Elliot, my English teacher and Mr. Peck, my social studies teacher. I lived in North Hampton, NH at the time, and I was in 7th grade. It was a very, very small, close-knit community and a very small school. I LOVED school anyway, but these 2 men set the tone for life-long learning. I would move with my family that next summer and begin 8th grade in a HUGE new school in Rhode Island where I felt very lost... but my academic side was already established and I immersed myself in my studies. I always drew on the confidence that came from Mr. Elliot and Mr. Peck and overcame my shyness at speaking in my new HUGE classes with kids from all over a very big city. It was a difficult time in my life... 13 years old and a "new" girl. (And my 2 brothers were in different schools, too... one in 9th grade high school and the other in 6th grade elementary... so I was truly alone.) I did survive... and went on to high school, then college, then to a teaching career that spanned 30 years. I never forgot Mr. Elliot and Mr. Peck and styled my teaching after theirs. I recently heard through Facebook from a former student (Class of 1987) who became a teacher... it was a moment that made me cry with happiness...

    Your post will touch many people today because it is timeless. AND I will soon write a post about my mentors... Mr. Elliot and Mr. Peck!

  4. There should be more people who care for each other deeply. More friends that never crap out on you, more teachers who invest their all...thank God for the ones there are.

    I hold dear my really good, true friends even tighter. And I appreciate the heck out of my son's teachers who have taken his education as seriously as they would their own child.

    Great post. Thanks for reposting it ... didn't read this one the first time around.


  5. This is the first I've seen this one, and I love it. Everything he said is so true. As a teacher, the first one touches me. I can still name the teachers who made me want to be a teacher, and I owe so much to them.

  6. Reading the last bit made me stop and think I still have a teacher that I need to send a letter to for given me a passion to write.

  7. wow, that is so true. thanks for sharing :)

  8. an oldie, but a goodie....

    I needed to hear that today.

  9. This is a true Gem of philosophy! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love his philosophy, but I especially love the quote at the bottom. I have a friend who so needs to hear that one!!

  11. Thanks for posting this! It's funny, my mommy group had our first book club meeting this week, and we read Tuesdays with Morrie. The same theme seems to run throughout the book. We've had many discussions about such things this week, and are starting a coffee group to discuss living life in the moment, appreciating those who aid us in our journey of life, and those sorts of things.

    We get so caught up in our lives that sometimes we forget to appreciate where we are and what we're doing and who we're with.

  12. Charles Schultz is pure genius. One of the many reasons I named my kiddo (and blog) after my favorite Peanut's character.


  13. I love this, it's so true and REAL. Charles Shultz was brilliant in many ways!

  14. I've read this before but it never hurts to be reminded of who the truly important people are in our lives. Thank you.

  15. very true...and it's nice to be reminded of that!

  16. this is fantastic. i LOVE this.

  17. I so love this post. I still see my favorite teacher from grade school at church almost every week. She still hugs me and tells me how special I am.

  18. Fantastic! It really is the people who touch you, and you touch, that makes the biggest differences in life.

  19. Well said and definitely something to remind ourselves of every now and then!

  20. I love his philosophy and hope to make it my own!! As a teacher, I hope that I am one of the five that some of my kids will remember as touching their lives. Thanks for making me remember whats truly important in life, Steph!!


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