Everything I Really Wanted to Know I learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

上个星期的Problem Solving Leadership workshop最后Jerry给我们发了这篇文章,很发人深省。

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 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 somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and 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 into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be awareness of wonder. 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 harmsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup – they all die. So do we.

金鱼和仓鼠以及小白鼠,甚至塑料杯子里面的小种子 - 都会死去。我们也是一样。

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


Everything you need to know is there 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 theee o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we found them and clean up after our own messes.

设想一下那个更好的世界,如果我们- 全世界 - 下午三点都有曲奇饼干和牛奶,接着躺下来裹上毯子小睡一会儿。或者我们各个民族有一个基本的原则,把东西放回到发现它的地方,把弄乱的东西清理干净。

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, that when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.