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Choiceortunity #35

December 23, 2009

Be Aware of Wonder

The holidays are upon us and I am sure that you, as am I, are reflecting not only upon this past year but holidays past. One thing that comes to mind when thinking about past holidays is the wonderment that accompanies them. Wonderment. When the kids were babies they enjoyed the wonderment of simply staring at the holiday lights. When they were toddlers they loved the wrapping paper and empty boxes more than toys. When they were grade-school aged they basked in the joy that they “scored” what they wanted from that jolly fellow.

And now as teenagers they accept that all they are getting is a $100 gift certificate. They help mom find ways to give back to the community and those in need rather than worry so much about what presents they are or are not getting. Each of the three kids has received five $5 gift cards for McDonalds to give to the homeless, a kid in their class who might not get fed at home or someone who just might need a hot meal. I am hoping that an exercise in giving will broaden their perspective on the world and help them to understand what the spirit of giving is really all about; to learn that we each have a responsibility to take care of the world around us.

The word Wonderment makes me think of Robert Fulghum. He is a great author who discusses life, love and growth, his book entitled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is worth owning. I am sure you have read or heard his poem at some point in time, but I would like to share it with you today.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

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.

You can read more about Robert on his website http://robertfulghum.com.

Herzing Online extends warm wishes to each of you as you say goodbye to 2009 and ring in 2010. Please don’t forget to stop and enjoy the wonderment that each and every day brings.
And…don’t forget to enjoy some cold milk, a warm cookie and a good nap.

Amy

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