16 Life Lessons We Learned in Grade School

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credit: venis ivy

Life simply isn’t that difficult.  We make it so when we become “grown ups.”  And if you think about it, do “grown ups” or kids make the world a better place?   Most of these traits are lost on children who don’t understand “adult” situations, which is why parents work diligently to protect their kids from exposure to adult situations.

Maybe I suffer from the Peter Pan syndrome and I don’t want to grow up, but having the mind and faith of a child is taught by every major spiritual leader I have studied; unlike having the mind and faith of an adult.  With all of that being said, here’s a reminder of the rules of the world of children…

These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):
1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put things back where you found them.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of WONDER. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”

― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

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