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Stop hurting other people, play fair, and remember to always love others!

I have always been deeply touched by Robert Fulghum’s book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, I’ve read this book so many times and I always learn something new each time that I read it. The passage that touched me the most that has often guided me like a lantern on a dark night when I’ve been dealing with very difficult patients is the following:

“All 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 they’re in the sand pile at Sunday 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 are not yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. 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 every day some. Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. 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. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup -- they all die. So do we. 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. Pg. 6-7).

Dr. Bonnie Bull


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