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February 17, 2017

We’re Counting On You

Dear Friend,

See how many of the following you can answer or remember.

-Name the five wealthiest people in the world
-Name the last five Heisman trophy winners
-Name the last five winners in the Miss America contest
-Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize
-Name the last six Academy Award Winners for best actor and actress
-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 were not second rate achievers. They were the best in their fields, but the applause died, awards tarnished, and their achievements were forgotten. Accolades and certificates were buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one.

-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 that have made you feel appreciated and special
-Think of five people you enjoy spending time with
-Name a half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you

Easier?

The lesson we should learn is that 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. “We are all counting on you.”

(Charles Schultz’s philosophy taken in part from the internet sent to me by Nancy, thank you!)

Albert Einstein, one of my heroes, said the following:

“Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.”

“More and more I come to value charity and love of one’s fellow being above everything else.”

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer lives are based on the labors other men, living or dead.”

“The ideas that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been, kindness, beauty, and truth.”

Your Friend,
Stu

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