Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The people that matter most

Here's a short quiz for you to try:

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.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?
The point is, few of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These people are by no means second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are easily 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 are the ones that care.


Talking Bear said...

I love this post!!! Well done PJ. What a great way to make a very important point.

storyteller said...

Me too! Thanks to YOU for writing this piece (and to Talking Bear for providing the link so I could find it and pass the info along). We all need vivid, memorable reminders of what matters and what doesn't.

Peajay said...

Thank you both for your words of encouragement.

melanie said...

Nicely said and shared!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Peajay,
On this theme I wonder if you heard the excellent "Thought for the Day" on Radio 4 this morning. The darling Rabbi Lionel Blue told the following story:

"A rabbi begged to see heaven and hell. A door opened and he saw a table with a pot of stew in the centre but around the table the screaming diners were dying of hunger because their spoons were so long they couldn't get them into their mouths. "Take me away" screamed the rabbi for that was hell.
Again a door opened. And he screamed again because there was the same table, the same pot of stew, the same diners with the same long spoons. But the diners were laughing and thanking God because they were using those spoons to feed each other. That was heaven."

Isn't that great?
You can hear his whole "thought" at

Hope your job is going well.
Talk soon?
Love Siân x

melanie said...

great story...about the spoons, thanks for sharing!

Peajay said...

Thank you Siân, I have heard the tale before and always thought that cooperation is the answer to many of the difficulties we face now and perhaps in the afterlife. Isn't the Rabbi fabulous?
Job is going well although it seems to take more time than I had anticipated. Can you believe that I have been there for about 6 weeks working with students and only now has the company followed up on references?
How's life on the coast?

Anonymous said...

Hip and Cool - as always!
(Sadly I can believe the story about the references. I spent many happy hours last year speaking with Ofsted on this subject!)
Life is mercifully uneventful here. Got to the end of the first run of commissions, so I'm making stuff for fun and stock at the mo. Most of it's on the website - which you can share with your blogging buddies if you like. I won't do the hard sell here!
Actually I've just realised I've appeared out of the Blogging Shadows for the first time, so "Hello"!
Hope all is fine and dandy with you.

His Girl Friday said...

blogging shadows!! too funny!! howdy there!!

Peajay, do tell...friend's website??!! :))

HGF aka cousin, MelanieX

Peajay said...

S, I wouldn't expect anything less of you than Hip & Cool. :D Nice to see you finally emerge from those bloggy shadows into the light of exposure!! :D

Mel, my incredibly talented friend can be found at

melanie said...