A post from one of my Facebook groups this morning highlighted a very important Stoic principle, about the folly of fame. Seeking it, or spending time idolizing it, is not wise. Fame really is fleeting, and what is really important is always very close to us. The most important people in your life, and whom you should be most attentive to, are your spouse, and colleagues, and those you spend your life with. Much philosophy and poetry has dealt with this. One of my favorites is Ozymandias, in which the statue of a great king of the past is found broken and useless in sand. So, stop idolizing famous people, and start spending your time with those you live with, and play with, and work with. You’ll be happier. The post:

“Possibly the Most important thing you’ll read this Year…
The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. Just read it 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 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.
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.