Sunday, 3 April 2011

All I Really Need to Know...

My wife has a saying that she often uses that I really like. When she sees people not getting along, or simply nit-picking at each other, she says that "they need to learn to play nice in the playground." Perhaps that's one of humanity's greatest problems; we still haven't learned how to place nicely in the playground of life.

Recently I discovered a great little book by Robert Fulghum that touches on some of these very issues. It is called, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things."

If you haven't yet read this, I do recommend it. It's an easy read that will warm your heart. I totally enjoyed it. Here's a couple paragraphs to tickle your interest:

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, stick together.

Isn't that great? Maybe everyone in any sort of leadership, from president to pastor, from CEO to junior managers should be required to read this. Maybe it ought to be required reading for all of us, regardless of what we do for a living. Maybe we all need to get back to the basics and learn to play nicely in the playground.

Just a thought.

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