All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

As children, a lot of wisdom is passed on to us, on how to lead a happy life, and how to be a nice and good person.

As adults we then complicate things, add shades of gray, more abstract goals, ambition, but it may help to remind ourselves of simpler times and of how true the wisdoms were that we have long forgotten ;)

In my mind Robert Fulghum captures this idea most beautifully in the poem below:

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. Remember the little seed in the plastic 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 plastic cup – they all die. So do we.

And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK!

– Robert Fulghum

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