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ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN

(a guide for Global Leadership)


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 there in the sand pile at 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 sing and dance and play and work every day some. Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out in 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.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living. Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

Quotes We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. Carlos Castaneda

IF.....

IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!' If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, ' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
Rudyard kipling There is no easy way to freedom anywhere Nelson Mandela

WORK HARD Nothing worth gaining was ever gained without effort. Theodore Roosveelt PERSISTENCE There is no GIANT step that does it. It is a lot of LITTLE steps.

The ultimate GOAL should be DOING your BEST and ENJOYING it. Lead, the best help others to do their best.

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. Dalai Lama Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Dalai Lama Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. Dalai Lama If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them. Dalai Lama If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it. Dalai Lama If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. Dalai Lama It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them. Dalai Lama It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. Dalai Lama Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day. Dalai Lama Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. Dalai Lama Sleep is the best meditation. Dalai Lama Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. Dalai Lama The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. Dalai Lama The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis. Dalai Lama There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. Dalai Lama This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. Dalai Lama Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life. Dalai Lama We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. Dalai Lama We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. Dalai Lama Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. Dalai Lama Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion. Dalai Lama

With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world. Dalai Lama