Avoiding Crisis

lessons learned

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In the waiting room of our pediatrician’s office hangs the popular poster All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.  You know the one, you’ve probably seen it a dozen of times, hanging in doctors’ offices, in classrooms, in libraries.  The poster comes from the book, of the same name, by Robert Fulghum.   I’ve never read the book, and I must admit, for as many times that I’ve seen the poster, I have never read it in its entirety.  That is, until this evening.      

My orignial idea for today was to come up with a list of the most important things that I have learned in the last decade – some funny, some serious, some silly, etc.  While I was trying to formulate my own list, this is easier said than done I may add,  I got to thinking about this poster.  Since my personal list isn’t quite ready to be unveiled, I’ve decided to use Mr. Fulghum’s  words (which will be in italics) as a starting point for my own (which will be in bold).  

In my 29 and almost 1/2 years, I have learned that you (should):

Share everything, especially hugs and kisses and saying I love you.   

Play fair even if you know you’re going to lose.  It will make you a much better person in the end. 

Don’t hit people they WILL hit back.

Put things back where you found them or you may never find them again.

Clean up your own mess because no one is going to clean it up for you.  Well, that is,  unless you live overseas in a country where the cost of domestic help is so ridiculously low that you are embarrassed to even admit you only pay that much to another human being. 

Don’t take things that aren’t yours, especially clothing or items of soon-to-be ex boyfriends.  It’s just not a good idea.  It will come back to bite you in the ass.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody because it will weigh on you if you don’t and you’ll replay that moment over and over in your head until it drives you insane.  And because it’s the right thing to do.  

Wash your hands before you eat.  And make sure to use soap and scrub! 

Flush. You never know who may need to use the bathroom after you.

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Especially when the cookies are OREOs from Peru and/or Argentina and the milk is from the United States.  They just taste better. 

Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.  No matter how old you are or how important you are, don’t take yourself too seriously.  Lighten up and learn how to laugh at yourself.  Encourage everyone you know to do the same.

Take a nap every afternoon. But if you can’t take a nap make sure to find some quiet time for yourself.  During that time, try to finish a crossword puzzle and/or a Suduko.    

When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.  We all need friends.  There is something to be said about strength in numbers.  Nobody likes to be alone all the time. 

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. Don’t question everything.  Just accept that somethings can’t be explained and some things should never be explained.  It’s better, sometimes, to just accept the cards that you’ve been dealt and don’t ask too many questions.   

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.  It’s a sad truth.  It’s a very scary and terrifying truth, but nonetheless, a truth.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.  And don’t forget to LISTEN too.

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Written by nicolemarie

January 21, 2007 at 10:53 pm

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  1. Great blog I have some one in mind that would be interested. Thank you.

    Gurbux Kaur

    March 11, 2007 at 11:13 pm


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