A Good Quiz No Matter Who Created It

May 25, 2011
Here is a quick quiz that demonstrates the value of friendship.

Charles Schulz, cartoonist at his deskI love receiving neat stuff in the mail and wondering whether it is really true or just someone’s idea of what should be true. One of these recently came to my inbox and said that Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts cartoons, had designed a quiz to determine the importance of having people care about you. So I looked it up on Snopes, one of my favorite sites for tracking down fake facts.

Apparently this set of questions first appeared in about 2000. It often came with a quotation at the end that was one that the cartoonist did have a character say, “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today . . . . it’s already tomorrow in Australia.”

Someone must have seen that line attributed to Schulz and thought the whole piece was by him.

Nevertheless, I think the questions are quite worth asking oneself and so I give them to you, attributing them to that famous author, Anonymous. You are not asked to actually answer the questions, but to ponder them. I think that’s good because I would have a hard time with many of them.

First, ask yourself these questions:
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 last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
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.
— Anonymous


Today I am probably driving to Glacier National Park and once more gathering wonderful memories. To see how I will do that, read Getting Ready to Gather Memories.

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