Wednesday, December 2, 2009

All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten

Fifteen years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo — a credo that became the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller .

All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
- by 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 school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery 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.
Flush.
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 some every day.
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 author has been criticized for being trite, and simplistic.

Today we listen to the apostle Paul, giving instructions. These are not inspired by kindergarten, they are inspired by God...

10 "I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I'll put it as urgently as I can:

You must get along with each other.
You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.

11 -12 I bring this up because some from Chloe's family brought a most disturbing report to my attention—that you're fighting among yourselves!

I'll tell you exactly what I was told: You're all picking sides, going around saying, "I'm on Paul's side," or "I'm for Apollos," or "Peter is my man," or "I'm in the Messiah group."

17 God didn't send me out to collect a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn't send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center—Christ on the Cross—be trivialized into mere words. "

"You must get along with each other.
You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common."

Wisdom of the ages.
Timeless.
Simple.
Powerful.

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