Many of you will remember the words of wisdom Robert Fulgham shared in his poem “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” He offered some pretty sound advice about how simple life really is when you think about it. I always liked that poem.
But, there is so much more wisdom available beyond kindergarten – it’s just too rich a set of lessons not to pass them along.
So since I left that kindergarten classroom back in the 1970’s I’ve spent the past thirty plus years collecting pieces of wisdom that have been handed to me by various people I trust for good advice. It’s a living list that changes from time to time, but the nature of the list doesn’t change, call it ideas to live by. I hope these ideas live beyond my years in the hearts and minds of the people I’ve touched, especially my boys, but that’s up to them. That’s not to say I’m done collecting wisdom, I still have so much more to do and see; the list is never complete.
Here’s the advice I try to give to my three boys about what’s important in life and the rules they might choose to live by:
So, while kindergarten was a great place to learn, if you stopped learning there you'd miss way too much. It's still important to remember to "play fair" like they taught us in Mrs. Carlson's class at Excelsior Elemenatry, but today when I am given the chance to offer advice, I like to summarize it in a phrase I hope to live my life by:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
-- Mark Twain