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monday musing ~ Back To Basics

I love browsing my old notebooks and rereading my old notes whenever I have the abundance of time. Today, while trying to pass my time, I came across with this beautiful treasure scribbled on one of the pages of my quotable notebook. And I believe it is worth sharing.

I couldn’t remember where I copied this from. Must be from an article in a newspaper or magazine or maybe from another book. At that time I had no idea that All I Ever Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is actually a book. I haven’t read the book but judging from this excerpt, I think the book is brilliant. So let’s go back to Kindergarten and relearn what we always have known but tend to forget. Most of the time, this is just all we need…

All I Ever Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Robert Fulghum

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 mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.

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 for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how and why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup, they all die. So do we.
Remember the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule, Love and Basic Sanitation. Ecology and politics and sane living.

Think of what a better world it would be if we all ~ the whole world ~ had cookies and milk about 3:00 every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nations to always put things back where you found them and cleaned up our messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are when you go out into the world, it is better to hold hands and stick together.

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