Words To Live By…

As a collector of inspirational messages and poems, I have a vast library of writings collected over the past 40+ years. This week, I would like to share a few of my favorites to not only inspire but to provide hope and guidance for the tough times that are a part of life’s journey. Enjoy!

I can’t remember where I collected this first writing from. I do know, however, that it was written by Robert Fulghum, and was reprinted from The Kansas City Times, September 17, 1988. I also believe these words and the messages they contain are messages we definitely need to remember. Words for our politicians to live by, perhaps?

All I Ever Needed To Know I Learned in Kindergarten

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 cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw and paint 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 aware 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 hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup–they all die. So do we.
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 in 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 3 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 cleaned up our own messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
This next writing was posted on-line by my sister Teri but written by John Tesh. (www.tesh.com) Cardinal rules that do result in peace of mind if followed. Priceless!

John Tesh’s 5 Cardinal Rules For Life
1. Make peace with your past so it won’t disturb your present.
2. What other people think of you is none of your business.
3. Time heals almost everything. Give it time.
4. No one is in charge of your happiness. Except you.
5. Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
I collected this final poem while in high school. It was written by Dean Walley. It is a philosophy I have come to believe in more and more every day. Try it out for yourself and see if you don’t agree!

It’s wondrous what a hug can do.
A hug can cheer you when you are blue.
A hug can say, “I love you so.”
Or , “Gee, I hate to see you go.”
A hug is, “Welcome back again.”
And, “Great to see you! Where have you been?”
A hug can soothe a small child’s pain.
And bring a rainbow after rain.
The hug! There’s just no doubt about it.
We scarcely could survive without it!
It must be why God gave us arms.
Hugs are great for fathers and mothers,
Sweet for sisters, swell for brothers.
And chances are your favorite aunts
Love them more than potted plants.
Kittens crave them. Puppies love them.
Heads of State are not above them.
A hug can break the language barrier.
And make your travels so much better.
No need to fret about your store of ’em,
The more you give, the more there’s more of ’em.
So stretch those arms without delay
And give someone a HUG today!!

Here’s wishing everyone a hug-filled day and joyous week. Remember to slow down and savor the simple pleasures that surround you every day!


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