This post is taken from an email that our church pastor sends out each week. Rings true- posting this one so I can later print in the girls book.
Perspective. From what perspective do you choose to view your life, your business, your world, yourself? Those decisions can alter the course of your life. Many times as you live your life situations, people and events influence and affect you, which often can result in a change in how you choose to see and feel about things. Your perspective.
Today I want to share with you something that someone shared with me one time that kicked my perspective right back into alignment and still continues to do so today. It’s a lesson we need to instill deep within us. It’s a truth lost, brought to light. It teaches us how to determine what is really important. It’s from one of life’s greatest teachers of children and adults alike. It’s the “Charlie Brown Philosophy” of the the late cartoonist, Charles Schulz. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read the questions 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 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.
6.Name the last decades World Series winners.
So, how did you do?
The point is that none of us can 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. Thank of a few people who have mae you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
The people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials or accomplishments, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who care.
Maybe we need to take time from all of our acheivement-oriented tasks and focus on those things that will add so much more to our lives. I believe this often used anonymous quote sums it up: “The last words that most people will not utter on their deathbed are, ‘I wish I’d had more time to complete that project I was working on.'” In reality, at that point in our life, we normally start to realize that what we should have done is spend more time with those we love, share what we have with those less fortunate, take the time to do the little things that bring joy to us and our family.
Here is this week’s assignment: Let the ones who cared in YOUR life know how much they mean to you and BE the one who cares to everyone you meet. Most of all, don’t forget to teach this lesson to your children and your grandchildren. teach them who to look up to and how to see themselves…then make sure you are one of the people on their list!
Here’s hoping you’re on a lot of lists. And that you’ve made the world a little better place as a result.
Have a wonderful week!
You are loved,