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The Truth About Gold Medals

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Wow, the last 30 days have been so full of watching awesome athletic achievements during the Olympics-I’m still getting over the sleep deprivation I received by staying up so late for two weeks straight! Now, football season has started, school is underway…the hectic fall season is upon me and I need to get to writing!

As I continue to reflect on the great athletic achievements of this year’s Olympics, I thought I would share the following philosophy to keep us grounded on what is important for ourselves and our kids. Enjoy!

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. Answer the questions and see how well you do.

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 Gold Medal winners of the 2004 Olympics.

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.

Easier? 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.

I hope my name and my son's name winds up the second list for a lot of people! How about you?