Anthony Tomaselli Fine Art Painting | This Post has two titles: Thoughts Two Days after Thanksgiving or 26 Days till Christmas

This Post has two titles: Thoughts Two Days after Thanksgiving or 26 Days till Christmas

November 29, 2014  •  6 Comments

Thoughts Two Days after Thanksgiving or 26 Days till Christmas

I was scuffing around my home this morning 4:30am, pondering the aftermath of a thoughtful, soulful, over eating , football filled, friend and family packed, and peaceful Thanksgiving.  I thought about how we all love Thanksgivings ease and gentleness as opposed to the craziness of Christmas.  (BTW I have Christmas music playing on Pandora as I write).  I also thought how fast that peace we center on during Thanksgiving, all of the thoughts of thankfulness, plain and no strings attached Gratitude, Living with a thankful heart and so on;  How fast that comes and goes, onward to the BIG holiday. 

This in some ways saddened me this am.  Not that I don’t love all the warm and gushy feelings that Christmas brings.  Family, friends, sharing, shopping, running around, too much food, too many bills….and all that stress.  Really, I’m looking forward to that.  Aren’t you!

Well, I opened up my “Blog” folder and found this piece of “centeredness”, written by Charles Shultz.  It speaks for itself. 

PS:  This blog is not a negative statement about Christmas.  Actually it’s not negative at all…….you’ll see.  Read on.


Give this some thought!

Charles Schultz Philosophy

You don't actually have to take the quiz.  Just read the email straight

through, and you'll get the point (an awesome one) that it is trying to make!

Take this 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 contest. 

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.

 6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you. 


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.

Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life.

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

----- Charles Schultz

This Charles Shultz “Quiz” stops me in my selfcentered tracks everytime. 

Thank you Charles…..

TaTa for now……………


Ron Corbett(non-registered)
Hi Everyone,

"You can only take with you what you have given away." - Peter Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life movie.

I'm listening to the Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion sing the unspeakably profound and beautiful male voice/female voice answer duet: "The Prayer".
Marguerite - As a property owner of two houses (one a 3-family rental), I never imagined I'd wind up losing both houses to foreclosure, go bankrupt, lose my job, my car, and all my possessions. My options, I thought were: homelessness or suicide. I'd rather be dead to the shame of homeless (I knew many people and vice versa). Instead, I am in an assisting-living group home with less than $100 to spend a month on "extras" - that's $3 a day! This by no means is a complaint as Autumn Villa in Cumberland has been my "home" for the last 16 months. This place saved my life and the diverse cast of grouchy inmates don't have to change to please me because I love them all just the way they are.


I always admired Steve Jobs for the genius businessman he was. Apparently, the husband, man, ruthless friend and father, he turned out to be, was reprehensible. To me, he was a utter failure in what counted the most - his self-centered approach to human relationships. He never learned that the path to Peace is Service to the Other.
Robin Joy Riggsbee(non-registered)
HI Anthony, I don't know if this will actually get to you as this is an old post and not quite sure how this works. But in case it does, first, it was nice meeting you today at the Englishman Gallery in Naples, Florida. I went to you Ts website that lead me to your blog and opened this post, which I just love!!! I also really liked what you had to say regarding the people who impacted your life. All resonated with me, especially being where I am in life at the moment. And this Charles Schultz "Quiz" (which I have read before) especially resonated with me today and the timing of seeing it is just perfect! How marvelous the universe gives us exactly what we need at the right moment! So I am very grateful for you coming into the gallery today and very grateful for meeting you. (PS thanks for helping me with my training).
Enjoy your stay here in sunny Florida and who knows, maybe soon we will be having an opening in the gallery for you!!!


Robin Joy
MusicOfMyHeart (Diane)(non-registered)
This is so very true, I really couldn't name much in the first set of questions and thought about all of the ones in the 2nd set of questions. Its the every day people in your life that make the impact and shape who you become today. The moments spent with the ones that care and love you go a long way and create memories that last a lifetime!
Marguerite Ofria Pile(non-registered)
I learned that lesson well as a twenty two year old social worker in a skilled nursing facility and old age home. It wasn't how successful someone had been that mattered. It was the relationships they had, who they had loved and cared for and how cared about them.
joanna Mazzotta(non-registered)
Thank you Anthony. I failed the first quiz and while reading the second one, my smile got bigger and bigger.

When I was younger I thought my failed efforts defined me. While raising four children I tried to become successful and no matter how hard I worked, I fell on my face. Now I know what my success really is. Motherhood. The price of that fame isn't noticeable to the world, but it is the most valuable legacy I can leave those who mean the world to me.
Your words rang many bells in my heart. Great blog this morning with my coffee, friend!
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