Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.
-Abigail Van Buren

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

I came across an email on my group which lists out what we learnt in our childhood. Read on and spare a thought...

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 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.
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 clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we 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 as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is true, no matter how old you are - when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

Robert Fulghum (1937 - )

Source: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

When I have already learnt all this in Kindergarten, where is the problem? When we all have learnt it in Kindergarten, can we not apply it to our daily lives - our adult lives. If not, then what is the use of going to the best of schools and colleges, earning the best degrees and professional certifications, flaunting your lifestyle and so on... This world can be so much more beautiful if only we remembered what we learnt in Kindergarten and implement it in our day to day life.

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