It’s uplifting to learn from a sage.
That sage who happens to taste bleach. You see, he finds meaning in the tiniest details of human existence. Literally.
He’s Robert Fulghum. He found the summary of answers in the sandpile. Our parents could not have been more right. Agreeably so, the world is a much a better place with everyone cleaning his own mess and taking that much needed nap.
Here’s Fulghum’s credo:
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.
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 into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
He writes short essays. But it’s boring to put it that way. Many can write and move people.
Rather, Fulghum savors his life, every bit of it, so that he’s able to fully realize the meaning in his life – the crumbs, the rancid included. And he embraces them with such a light heart. You will never feel miserable when you read his books. He does not seem to get upset with the mundane affairs of life or be disappointed with people, in general. If anything, he embraces the flaws of humanity and puts forgiveness in the pedestal. He has probably the most calm of spirits granted by the gods (aside from Alexander McCall Smith).
I envy him for seeing more out of life even while washing his clothes or stashing a sweet, moldy box. I adore him for recognizing the value that each one of us has to offer – if only we know. I adore him for his curiosity, that we are only limited by our imagination. And most of all for his weirdness that will make you crack up and put a big smile on your face.
There are such souls.
Do you also have that credo? We can probably start listing.
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