Also see Success and Failure, Acceptance, Worry and Regret, Anger, Forgiveness, Attitude, Life Song Titles, and Beginning Song Titles.


Laws of Life

Instructions for Life

We Learned it All in Kindergarten

(adapted from the book by Robert Fulgum)

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.
Live a balanced life.
Learn some and think some, and draw and sing and dance
and play and work every day some.
Take a nap in the afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold
hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.
The golden rule and love and basic sanitation.
Ecology and politics and sane living.

Comes the Dawn

(Veronica A. Shoffstall)

After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't mean security,
And you begin to understand that kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats with your head held high and eyes opened,
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.

You learn to build your roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much,
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers,
And you learn that you really can endure,
That you really are strong.
And you really do have worth.

And you learn and learn . . .
With every goodbye comes the dawn.

Do it Anyway

(This was posted on Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, it is based on The Paradoxical Commandments © Dr. Kent M. Keith)

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

The Society of Childlike Grownups

The bearer of this certificate is a lifetime member in good standing of
THE SOCIETY OF CHILDLIKE GROWNUPS and is hereby entitled to:

Walk in the rain,
JUMP in mud puddles,
collect rainbows,
smell flowers,
Blow bubbles, ooOoO
stop along the way,
build sand castles,
watch the moon and stars come out,
Say HELLO to everyone,
go barefoot,
go on adventures,
Sing in the shower,
Have a Merry heart,
read children's books,
Act silly,
take bubble baths,
get new sneakers,
hold hands and hug and kiss
Fly Kites,
laugh out loud and cry out loud,
wander around,
wonder (???) about stuff,
Feel SCARED and sad ;-( and MAD and Happy,
Give up worry and guilt and shame,
stay innocent,
say yes and no and the magic words,
ask lots of questions,
Ride bicycles,
draw and paint and color,
see things differently,
fall down and get up again,

Talk with animals,
look at the sky,
trust the universe,
Climb trees,
take naps,
do nothing,
Play with toys,
play under the covers,
have pillow fights,
learn new stuff,
get excited about EVERYTHING,
be a clown,
listen to music,
find out how things work,
Make up new rules,
tell stories,
save the world,
make friends,
and do anything that brings more:
happiness, celebration, relaxation,
communication, health, love, joy,
creativity, pleasure, abundance,
grace, self-esteem, courage,
balance, spontaneity, passion, peace,
beauty, and
life energy to all humans and beings of this planet.

FURTHERMORE: the above named member is officially authorized to frequent amusement parks, beaches, meadows, mountain tops, swimming pools, forests, playgrounds, picnic areas, summer areas, summer camps, birthday parties, circuses, bakeries, ice cream parlors, theaters, aquariums, zoos, museums, planetariums, toy stores, festivals and other places where children of all ages gather to play AND is encouraged to always remember the motto of THE SOCIETY OF CHILDLIKE GROWNUPS: it's never too late to have a happy childhood, and to make sure that others do, too!

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