The Zen of John McCutcheon

The italicized lines are the chorus to “Kindergarten Wall”, a song I grew up listening to, and which I appreciate more and more the older I get.
Of all you learn here remember this the best:
Take these lessons to heart:

Don’t hurt each other and clean up your mess.
Be peaceful; Finish what you start, take responsibility for your actions.

Take a nap every day, wash before you eat
Rewild, and have plenty of time for relaxation; Take pride in hygiene.

Hold hands, stick together,
Practice Love; bonds of deep friendship are unbreakable.

Look before you cross the street.
Don’t rush into things; take the time to observe.

Remember the seed in the little paper cup:
First the root goes down, and then the plant grows up.

All junctures in the past have been preparations for the present—this moment;
We are products of our formative years, learn lessons and make something of them!

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