by Robert Fulghum
- an excerpt from the book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten
All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.
ALL I REALLY NEED TO 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
sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:
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 every day some.
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 learned - 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 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
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 a basic policy to always put thing 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.
I’ve been thinking about the above words all day at work today…I had decided to take my camera to work and take some photos of my day..which involves working with children. I didn’t want photos of their faces, though they made it very difficult to get shots because as soon as I brought out the camera they practically fell over each other to stand in front of it smiling their sweet and innocent smiles and some not so sweet smiles (the kinds with tounges hanging out)….
I wanted to film the kids doing what kids do…and throughout the day I was thinking of how true it is that everything we needed to learn in life we learned in kindergarten..perhaps we’re born in this world knowing everything we need to know that is important and through all our years of living we lose track of the important things because so many other non-important things come in our lives?
Like enjoying a good story…
How good it is to have someone to lean on..no matter the reason…
How it’s not important what your hair looks like..it’s more important to be in the moment..completely..
That good food is essential in life and it’s best homemade and without consideration for calories..
That exercise can be fun….alone or with someone…and definitely doesn’t have to be done in a gym…
How a snack didn’t have to be elaborate to be great…
How the most important thing is being together…no matter where…
How important it is to play as hard as you work…
And how to stop up and look around…..
Noticing the beautiful world around you…
And at the end of the day…it’s important to get your rest…
I’ve had the following song in my head all day long and watching the kids today it was easy to sing the words…”I believe in angels…. something good in everything I see…”
Yeah I know, this was a long post today….can’t help it, I had a lot to say today…
Until next time my friends….