Joel J. Miller
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If you can’t say something nice. Don’t say anything at all.
Don’t interrupt while others are talking.
This reminds me of that book my Mom read years ago “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.” As you’re pointing out, there’s a lot of truth to that.
Things I remember from Kindergarten:
Jesus love me
Share with others
Don’t tell false tales
Keep your hands to yourself
At snack time, put your hands in your lap until everyone is served!
I’m not sure I ever learned that one — still struggle with it.
Clean up, clean up everybody help!
The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Always a good one to come back to (and never let go).
Here’s a couple my mom gave me…
“Stop picking at that. You’re gonna get an infection.”
“Never put your papa’s smoking pipe in your mouth. It will make you throw up.”
Then a couple more from teachers…
“Some of you are digging for gold, but all you’re going to find is boogers.”
“Just because a girl kisses you doesn’t mean you should kick her in the leg.”
Back to mom, to close…
“The three most important things you can say are ‘I love you’, ‘Thank you’, and ‘I’m sorry’…You should say each one at least once every day.”
I like those a lot, especially your mom’s close.
You should have these printed up on a poster so people can tack them up in their offices.
In choosing your relationships….”When you lay down with pigs you get up dirty”. Oh wait a minute that wasn’t kindergarden that was the music business.
Oy, and you’ve got the stories, too, Ken. Good reminder.
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