August 30, 2013

Everything we wanted to learn

I had come across this quote a few years back and it was one of the most inspiring things at that time. 

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 sand pile at 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 every day some.
  • Take a nap every afternoon.
  • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
  • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam 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 Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.
Although it was slightly against the basic philosophy of change and nowhere close to being as original as the Moral sciences we had in school, it captures life's lessons in retrospective. Its nice to carry around a list with all of the lessons you learn and modify them when you re-learn or unlearn. And always remember that we cannot roam around the world holding a static list, it has to be adaptive and perhaps shouldn't even be a list. 

And when you follow-up on all of the lessons you come up with, something as independent as this gets created.

Happy life lessons list making!
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