Staying in Focus: Daily Prompt:You Have the Power/My Law

Daily Prompt: You have the power to enact one law. What would it be?

My suggestion for the one law I would enact is from  a poem by Robert Fulghum. It has 16 precepts which we have already learned, but need to adopt and follow. Imagine how many other laws would not be needed, if we all followed these. Think of how much more fun life would be.

                                           “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”

by Robert Fulghum

Most of what 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 sandpile at Sunday 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.
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 everyday 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.

Enactment of the 16 precepts to this law would solve  many personal, domestic and international problem Take, share, for instance. We all share this one planet and are equally responsible for its care and protection. Clean up your mess covers  everything from litter to oil spills to air  pollution and nuclear reactor meltdowns. What affects one part of the planet affects us all. And as we share this one planet, should a calamity occur, we should all pitch in and share in the clean-up. Play fair would refer to following these laws,  and cover everything from a baseball game to an International summit. Play fair and your reputation for honesty becomes well-regarded. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.,and  take a nap each afternoon, Imagine if Congress did this,they might actually be in the right mood to legislate something. People at work would be refreshed, medical staff rested  and ready to finish the day with energy and competency and students wouldn’t fall asleep in class. Don’t take things that don’t belong to you. This covers  everything from petty theft to imperial aggression. Saying your sorry when you hurt someone would go  along way to better relationships in the home, the neighborhood, the nation, the world. Wash your hands before you eat could forestall transmission of everything from the common cold to a pandemic. Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance some and play and work some every day – just think how much more fun life would be for everyone from children to parents, doctors, lawyers, politicians, seniors, even presidents  because everyone needs to have fun and delight in their day.

When you go out in traffic (go out into the world), watch out for each other. When we take on the world, it’s nice to have someone with us, when we propose laws its nice to have bipartisan support. When we’re about to make a stupid mistake, it is nice to have someone there to counsel us.  Remember the saying, Together we stand, divided we fall.  That is truer now more than ever If our families  are to thrive, we must work together.. If we are to succeed as a nation we must shed the divisiveness that now predominates. As a people, citizens of the world, we must find a way to live peacefully despite differences in culture or faith. We must HOLD HANDS AND STICK TOGETHER. As proud as I am of people who come together in times of disaster to help the victims, be it a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina, or the tsunami that hit Japan, or a terrorist act like  9/11 or New Town, I often wonder why such coöperation and fellowship cannot continue in times of calm , or everyday life. Sad, I think, that it takes a disaster to bring us together.

Flush.  One of my favorites. I take it to mean think of  who come after you, consider other people’s needs, not just your own. Don’t leave work undone that others have to do for you. Suit up and be responsible  and considerate. It all goes back to the sharing and working together because if we do not we’ll miss out on the wonder. Be aware of Wonder, for it is all around you, in the plants and the animals, in the stars and the sky, in concepts as huge as the universe and as small as an atom. Wonder fills the soul with delight, fuels hope and happiness  and  helps us to realize that   we have  what it takes  to help each other along, because we learned it in kindergarten.


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