Saturday, December 22, 2007

Robert Fulghum

Robert Fulghum was born in 1937, and grew up in Waco, Texas. After college and a short career with IBM, he returned to graduate school to complete a degree in theology. For 22 years he served as a parish minister of Unitarian churches in the Pacific Northwest. He has authored seven best-selling books. []

He is probably best known, however, for an early essay: All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.

This poster (available from, but currently soldout) hangs on the wall before me as I write. Like the many others who have purchased and read his book by the same title or purchased a copy of the poster, I find much common sense in the essay to guide us in our living on the journey through life. Fulghum reminds us of some basics we learned early on:

  • 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 your sorry when you hurt somebody....
  • 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....

As Fulghum's concludes his words of wisdom: 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.