All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Twenty-five years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo – a credo that became a phenomenal#1 New York Times Best Seller, All I Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things. Today after being embraced around the world with 16 million copies in 27 languages and in 103 countries, it continues to resonate as it is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago.
Robert Fulghum is truly multifaceted. Apart from being an accomplished author, he is a Unitarian Universalist minister, who taught drawing, painting, and philosophy at the Lakeside School in Seattle. Fulghum is also an accomplished sculptor. He sings and plays the guitar and mando-cello.
Cosnider Fulghum’s Credo: Most of what I really need to know about and 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.
As described in the San Francisco Chronicle, Fulghum’s stories about ordinary life ‘remind us that within simplicity lies the sublime.’
Perhaps in today’s chaotic, hyper-challenging world, these essays on life will resonate even more deeply. Here’s a list of sixteen lessons for life and of life that Robert Fulghum tells us that we learn in Kindergarten.
- 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 everyday some.
- Take a nap every afternoon.
- When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
- Wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how and why, but we are like that.
- Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
- And remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.
He further says that, ‘Take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.’