Thursday, November 17, 2005


"Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become better. But don't be disappointed when they're not; it helps them to keep trying."
Merry Browne

Expecting the best of others is a special kind of encouragement. There have been times in my life when I acted as bravely as someone else expected, when all I really wanted to do was panic.
I see the best in even the worst, and hope that others will see the best in me. Eyes that reflect pride, in what you are attempting, prod you forward past the bumpy places. A hand on your shoulder encourages a person to look up and view the next step as a positive thing. Sometimes we walk out on our own faith, at others we must step out on the faith that others have in us. Whichever bridge you use the destination is the same; you just have someone to celebrate with when a friends belief gets you to the other side.

I got the following from a friend. I hope you enjoy.

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read 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.

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, 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.


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.

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." (Charles Schultz)