Back to the Basics
While discussing the resources Eva recommended a book to
me titled -
I really need to know I learned in kindergarten
Eva said ..."One of the most wonderful books I've
ever read. When I read it, I gave copies of it to everyone! With gentle
satire and kind wit, Fulghum teases us about life and finds humor in every
I was lucky enough to find a copy in the Bethany High
school library. Fulghum's style is so humorous and breezy that I must have
gone through 6-7 chapters without batting an eyelid. Then a thought struck
me. "There was no doubt that this was class book. A must read. And
written very humorously but what relation did it have to Work?"
So I stopped, went back, and reread every word. Much
slower this time. Didn't his simple messages apply to our working
"Clean up your own mess", "Say sorry when
you hurt somebody", "When you go out in the world..... hold
hands, stick together". Simple things which would enhance our working
lives. Right ?
For me, the most touching part, which reminded me of an
incident in my working life, is a chapter on how the tribal people in
Solomon Islands in the South Pacific cut trees that are too big for their
axes. They have these special experts who go and yell at the tree first
thing in the morning, and in a few days the hollering kills the spirit of
the tree and it withers and dies.
Anand, the most soft spoken employee in our family run
business, came to me with his resignation. He said his Doctor had asked
him to change jobs. I was shocked, wondering what part of the work
environment wasn't suiting him. Was it the commuting or the factory
visits? A little chatting with him revealed that my father's yelling at him
was giving him ulcers and that's why his Doctor had recommended a change. Maybe I should gift Dad a copy of the book on Father's Day.
As for you, if you don't have your copy ...