A note from one who cares

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 read the post 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.


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.

In these days after the Storm, bring a perspective of gratitude to bear, even with all of the hardship and loss you may be experiencing. As my 97 year old gram says, “Never cry over things that can be replaced. People, yes. Things, no.” I wish you strength and peace during the storm.


Special thanks and gratitude to Sydney Davis, one of the outstanding coaches on my team who shared this Charles Shulz wisdom with me today.

One Response to “A note from one who cares”

  1. Ruth Sheahan says:

    So true Mike. People often say no one remember who comes in second, but truthfully we forget most of those who come in first.

    I’ll never forget Mrs. Bisch my fabulous 6th grade teacher or how Mr. McDonough and Mr. Piechocki coached the Little League Lions to a record of 2 -10, but taught sportsmanship, teamwork and confidence.

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