February 16, 2005

All I Really Need to Learn

Most of what 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:
  • 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 someone.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Flush.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  • 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 dwon and the plant goes up and nobody really kows 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 that Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned—the biggest word of all—LOOK.

Source: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things by Robert Fulghum 1989 Villard Books
See also All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten : Fifteenth Anniversary Edition Reconsidered, Revised, & Expanded With Twenty-Five New Essays ISBN: 0345466179

Posted by niganit at February 16, 2005 5:53 PM
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