“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
– Albert Pike
You don’t actually have to take the quiz, but read closely all the way through and you will get the point…
Take this quiz:
- Name the 5 wealthiest people in the world.
- Name the last 5 Heisman Trophy winners.
- Name the last half-dozen Academy Award winners for Best Actor or Actress.
- Name 10 people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
- Name the World Series winners of the last decade.
- Name the last 5 winners of the Miss America contest.
How did you do?
Did you remember the headliners of yesterday? These are the highest achievers in their respected fields!
Applause dies. Awards tarnish. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here is another quiz:
- Name a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
- Name 3 friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
- Name 5 people who have taught you something worthwhile.
- Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
- Name 5 people you enjoy spending time with.
- Name a half-dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
The people who make the biggest difference in our lives are not the ones with the most accolades, most credentials, or most money. They are the ones who care. Make it a point to thank them.
This post is a piggy-back to yesterday’s, where I talked about the power of gratitude and deciding to enjoy life. We all wish for more money, more recognition for our hard work or talents, accolades and awards to quantify our self-worth.
The point is, we can choose our attachments. We can choose the extent of our suffering. We can choose our attitudes. We can choose our values.
And our choice has the potential to be remembered long after we pass; to make a difference far beyond the reach of our awareness.
Think about it!