Life lessons from my grandmother

Published 7:32 pm Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The world today is faced with many challenges.

Our economy is sputtering. There’s constant turmoil overseas and it seems like everyone is mad at everyone else on some level or another.

People out to make a quick buck turn on their friends and neighbors, burning bridges along the way to carving out some “I’ll show you” moment.

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Several years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote a book titled, “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.”

The premise of the book is simple. At the age of five we were taught life’s most simple lessons. Sharing and being nice to each other, Fulghum writes, are the keys to happy and successful lives.

If I wrote a book, I would title it, “What My Grandmother Would Do.”

The content of the book would be basically the same. Being nice to one another is a cornerstone to prosperity. So is being honest and forthright.

Somewhere, as man evolved, these basic principles became lost on some people.

Those people can be found at the root of basically every problem found in society.

Think about it. People who start wars are people who never learned to share. People who steal never learned to be honest.

People who kill their fellow man are the ones who never learned patience and understanding.

It seems ridiculous to think that the solutions to all of life’s problems could lie in a life lesson we learned in kindergarten, but I think that solution is there.