Here’s a short quiz:
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 remembers the headliners of yesterday.
These are not 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. They may have captured our attention for a short time, but there is no lasting emotional value involved. There is nothing to be grateful for.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school or life.
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.
Was that easier?
The lesson: The people who make the biggest difference in our lives are the ones you should be grateful for because those are the ones that really matter. They touched your life in a way that has nothing to do with credentials, money awards. They made a lasting contribution to the quality of your life They are simply the ones that care the most. Be grateful for that.
These are the relationships to be grateful for and thinking about this helps us to keep our relationship priorities in the right place. Forget about the rich and famous news-makers and be grateful for the people who matter.
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