My philosophy of Life

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    Mar 26, 2008 12:17 AM GMT
    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 found 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 someone.

    Wash your hands before you eat.

    Flush the toilet.

    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 everyday some.

    Take a nap every afternoon.

    When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

    Be aware of wonder and wonderful things.

    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 hampsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup - they all die...So do we.

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

    Everything you need to know is there, from Kindergarten, somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation...Ecology and politics and sane living...Think of what a better world it would be if we all--the whole world--had cookies and milk about 3 o'clock every afternoon and then laid down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation, and all other nations, to always put things back where we found them and to clean up our own messes.

    And it is still the truth, no matter who you are or how old you are, when you go out there into this world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.



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    Mar 26, 2008 1:32 AM GMT
    DirtyMistress said
    When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together.


    That was my favorite one icon_smile.gif

    What a neat topic man.
    Thanks for bringing back the beauty of the simple.
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    Mar 26, 2008 1:36 AM GMT
    Good timing! Have you been paying attention to other threads? haha
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    Mar 26, 2008 1:46 AM GMT
    I've got that book! I read it 3 times last year =) It's a great way of reestablishing a sense of order after you've learned all the disorderly norms of everyday adult living. Thanks for posting! I'm going to have to take that book off the shelf and reevaluate my progress ;-)
  • Squarejaw

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    Mar 26, 2008 1:48 AM GMT
    From a recent youtube video posted on these boards:

    "Come and dance and love the fish."

    Wise words indeed.
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    Mar 26, 2008 2:29 AM GMT
    Everything I Ever Need To Know I Learned From Kafka

    One morning you may wake up changed into a bug.
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    Mar 26, 2008 3:17 AM GMT
    "Live a balanced life."

    This is the hardest to do of all. I struggle with this every day.
  • Timbales

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    Mar 26, 2008 3:18 AM GMT
    Don't sweat the petty stuff. Pet the sweaty stuff instead.
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    Mar 26, 2008 3:21 AM GMT
    Everything I Need To Know I Learned from Doestoevsky

    Moscow is very cold in the winter.
  • imperator

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    Mar 27, 2008 8:39 PM GMT
    Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Chrysippus, Lao-tzu, and Sun Tzu

    Be reasonable, calm down, and fortify the high ground while wisely deploying your forces according to the terrain.
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    Mar 27, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    I hope it isn't true about learning everything you needed to know in Kindgarten! I almost failed kindergarten.

    Almost everything I have learned in life has been through direct experience (especially failures), from people wiser and smarter than me, and from thinking and feeling honestly about myself and my life without shirking from legitimate pain.
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    Mar 29, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    I loved that book! icon_biggrin.gif