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.

关于如何生存、该做什么、如何去做所应该知道的一切其实在幼儿园里面都已经学过了。智慧并不是存在于象牙塔的顶端,而是在幼稚园的沙箱里。

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.

我学到过很多东西。分享一切。公平竞赛。不要碰到别人。把东西放回到你发现它的地方。把自己弄乱的东西清理好。不要拿不属于你的东西。伤害到别人要说声对不起。吃饭前要洗手。冲水。热的曲奇饼干和牛奶对身体有好处。均衡地生活。学一些,想一下,涂一涂,画一画,唱唱歌,跳跳舞,玩一玩,工作一下,天天如此。

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.

下午睡一个午觉。出去的时候,注意交通,抓住每个人的手,一起走。保持好奇。记住塑料杯子里的小种子。根向下生,植物向上长,没有人知道这是怎样的,也没有人知道为什么,但是我们都是像这个样子。

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.

我们从迪克和简那本书里面学到的第一个词,一个最大的词汇:看。

Everything you need to know is there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and sane living.

你应该知道的一切是有那么个地方。黄金法则和爱以及基本卫生。生态和政治以及健全的生活。

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.

不管我们多老,不管我们什么时候来到这个世界,我们还是要抓住每个人的手,一起走。

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