I learned it in kindergarten.....

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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:

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 every day 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 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 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 cleard and firm.  Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cokies 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.

by Robert Fulghum

- an excerpt from the book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten


Comments (4)

David Lee ~ Orange County, Ca ~ Cash Flow Specialist
United Realty - Garden Grove, CA

I wouldn't mind repeating kindergarten... living the stress free life haha.

Aug 11, 2010 07:49 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I still keep trying to fit in that nap, but most days it just doesn't happen. NOT FAIR!!! :O( Have a great day! :)

Aug 12, 2010 12:13 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Martin, yes we learned those things in Kindergarten...so what happened?  Perhaps we should be required to repeat Kindergarten every other year or so. 

I like Joni's idea of fitting in a nap. 

I guess the last thing I'd like to add is: leave the world a better place than you found it.

Aug 12, 2010 04:13 PM
LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet - Joliet, IL

Very funny! I just wish people kept doing all/most of these things. Just imagine how nice life would be!

Aug 13, 2010 03:15 PM