It’s the time of year here where kids are finishing up their last few days of school for the year. Graduations are being held. Final exams are done. So I decided it was the perfect time for me to revisit kindergarten, in the form of Robert Fulghum’s book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”
For those of you not familiar with this book, in the late 80’s Robert Fulghum published a wildly popular book of essays under the above-mentioned title. The first essay of the book was the author’s reflection on how some of the most important lessons we learn in life we learn in kindergarten. Here’s a sampling of his list:
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.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
The last one got me thinking about a valuable life lesson I embraced as a kid. Stop, look, and listen. These words make up the basic instructions on how to cross a street. I was on the Safety Patrol at school, so I took these words to heart. But, there was definitely a time in my life where busyness prevailed and I forgot the important lesson of stop, look and listen. And I’m not just talking just about jaywalking people; I’m talking about applying this life lesson whenever you find yourself at a crossroads.
When you find yourself having to make a decision, take a moment and stop, look and listen. Even when your boss says to you “I need an answer now,” don’t feel like you need to react. Those words are movie speak. Maybe once in my 20-plus years of working with corporations have I experienced something be that mission-critical that a decision could not wait. Learn to pause before making a big decision. Practice stop, look and listen.
Stop, look and listen is really all about the practice of mindfulness.
LISTEN-Tune in the wisdom of your SOUL.