This time of year, we can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle. I have self-selected out of the frenzy and do only that which brings me joy. It’s a great practice to adhere to all year. A simple life truly is more fun and fulfilling.
I recently came across some old advice that’s worth repeating: “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.”
That’s the title of Robert Fulghum’s classic 1986 book. I had an excerpt from him posted on my fridge for a long time. His words are worth sharing here. A few gems to take to heart:
- 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.
- Be aware of wonder.
- Remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.
- When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. (© Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten)
Robert allows his words to be shared as long as he is given proper credit. I tip my hat to you, Mr. Fulghum. I thank you for the reminders. I don’t like milk and I don’t nap, but the rest is spot on.