Tuesday, July 16, 2013

All I Really Need to Know

Yesterday I removed all of my sons certificates and awards that were being proudly displayed on the walls in the hall.  In the center of them all was a poster with advice from Robert Fulghum.  It is called:  All I really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  I'd like to share that since I believe it to be true.
He says:
"All I really need know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.  Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sand pile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:
Share everything
Play fair
Don't hit people
Put things back where you found them
Clean up your own mess
Don't take things that aren't yours
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody
Wash your hands before you eat
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you
Live a balanced life--learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work everyday some
Take a nap every afternoon
When you go out into the world, watch  out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together
Be aware of wonder.  Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup--they all die. So do we
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learn--the biggest word of all--LOOK
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.  The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.
Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.  Think what a better world it would be if we all--the whole world--had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.  Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.
And it is still true, no matter how old you are--when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together!"

Love it!

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