Here's a brief synopsis of my timesheet this week:
Monday: started work at 0745hrs, and was soon asked to assist elsewhere and outwith my usual workplace for the foreseeable and unspecified future (few days, few weeks?) and so I finished at quarter past midnight.
Tuesday: started at 0715hrs, finished ten past midnight.
Wednesday: started at 0720hrs, finished at half past midnight.
Thursday: started at 0720hrs and finished at 2100hrs which actually felt like I was having a half day!
Tonight: started at 0715hrs and finished at 2100hrs (ditto half day feeling).
I am also working tomorrow, and Sunday and Monday etc etc, and all will be the same sort of hours (the after midnight ones that is, not the early 9pm finishes!). Ah well, I chose my career so I shouldn't complain
Anyway, here's something which was sent to me tonight. I think it's rather good, if a bit schmaltzy!
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 them 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 5 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.