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8/5/2017 12:06:00 AM
Kindergarten learning

By Teri Ditslear
Joy in the Journey


Seriously, I am starting to get my dander up over name calling, bullying, casting aspersions, public shaming, defamation of character, and general hate and mis-content. From social media posts and tweets, to neighborhood online bulletin boards, to television and newsprint reporting. In an age when communication is lightening fast, and the appetite for instant gratification to feed our own egos has become gluttonous. It seems fact checking and kindness have gone by the wayside.

When I read these words to my adult daughter she said, "Wow, that is harsh." Ugh, is it possible to be a bully about bullying? What has happened to civil discourse? Are we teaching our children to have conversations when they disagree with their friend? Are we teaching them that it is ok to have differing opinions? Do we with regularity teach kindness? Are we role models not just for our kids, but for our friends too? Maybe we need to reevaluate, check our emotional IQ, ask ourselves why we react so fiercely, before we tweet, post, or rant. Maybe we need a refresher course on what it takes to get along.

Yes, Robert Fulgrum, you have wisdom for the ages.

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

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 sand pile 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.

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 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.

Perhaps if we take to heart Mr. Fulgrum's words we would have a base to in which to grow, into a spiritual maturity, which would help us figure out how to actively work for justice.

"What does the Lord require? To love kindness, do justice, and walk humbly with our God." Micah 6:8

It is not enough to do justice, we must also remember to love kindness and to walk humbly. This is what the Lord requires.

Noblesville's Teri Ditslear is a pastor whose column appears Saturdays in The Times. Contact her at pastor@rolcommunity.com, on Facebook or at www.rolcommunity.com





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