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You (Yes, You) Have Just Won The Nobel Peace Prize

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The phone rings. It's 4:30 in the morning. You roll over in your bed and answer it, still half asleep. It's a woman who says she is from the Nobel Peace Prize committee. She's calling from Norway to inform you that you have been chosen to receive this distinguished honor.

"No freaking way," you think to yourself.

"This must be a joke," you say to the caller.

The woman assures you that it is not and suggests you turn on CNN to watch the official announcement. You do, and there it is: you have in fact been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

"Me? really? I have done little to deserve this," you mention to the committee member on the phone. "I have made so many mistakes in my life, been incredibly selfish at times, and not very caring at other times. How can I be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? I am just your average person."

"Well," the woman explains, "we gave it to you not so much because of what you have done, but for what we see in you."

Now, Nobel Peace Prize winner, you have some questions to answer. Now that you have won this great honor...

• How are you going to spend your free time now Nobel Peace Prize Winner?

• How are you now going to relate to that difficult colleague at work?

• How are you going to deal with the fact that a project you are working on is not moving forward as you had hoped?

• How are you going to react to your child when he whines and complains?

• How are you going to interact with people you meet on the street?

• What is important to you?

• How are you now going to live your life, Nobel Peace Prize Winner?

While we can argue whether or not Obama deserves the Peace Prize, if he can get it in part because of how he may live up to it, what if it was given to each of us for the same reason? What if we each live our lives as if we have just won the prize?

After all, what is there to lose, Nobel Peace Prize winner?