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"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 mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school." Excerpts from Chicken Soup By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom

 

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don’t know why – but I kept remembering this story (like a line from a forgotten song) that I thought I had read in the book called “Chicken Soup for the Soul” by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen  ages ago. It goes something like this – there’s this guy relaxing and fishing quietly by this quiet beach – a guy comes up to him and gives him this grandiose scenario where he would have to work very hard and long, achieve much, become rich, blah, blah, blah – so this guy goes, well, what comes after that? Well, you could relax on some beach and fish – this guy is hardly impressed. “What do you think I am doing right now?  I don’t have to go through all that hassle to get to this point. I am already on some beach fishing!”  Anyway, I went looking for this story in my copy of Chicken Soup (the original one) on my computer – for some weird reason I didn’t find the one I was looking for but I found a few that I didn’t mind reading again….Here they are:

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Excerpts from Chicken Soup for the Soul –

 

All I Ever Really Needed 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 mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery 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 every day some.

 

Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic cup. The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

 

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup—they all die. So do we.

And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and sane living.

 

Think of what a better world it would be if we all—the whole world—had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nations to always put things back where we found them and clean up our own messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is better to hold hands and stick together.

 

Robert Fulghum

 

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Chicken Soup for Every Soul
Photo by cogdogblog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.

If children live with jealousy, they learn what envy is.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.

If children live with encouragement, they learn to be confident.

If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to find love in the world.

If children live with recognition, they learn to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn to be generous.

If children live with honesty and fairness, they learn what truth and justice are.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those around them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn that the world is a nice place in which to live.

If children live with serenity, they learn to have peace of mind.

With what are your children living?

 

Dorothy L Nolte

 

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Obstacles

 

We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The last of his freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

 

Viktor E. Frankl Man’s Search for Meaning

 

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 De Trop
Photo by johnwilliamsphd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally my real favorite – on the subtle art of procrastination!

 

For Me To Be More Creative, I Am Waiting For…

 

1. Inspiration

2. Permission

3. Reassurance

4. The coffee to be ready

5. My turn

6. Someone to smooth the way

7. The rest of the rules

8. Someone to change

9. Wider fairways

10. Revenge

11. The stakes to be lower

12. More time

13. A significant relationship to:

(i) Improve

(ii) Terminate

(iii) Happen

14. The right person

15. A disaster

16. Time to almost run out

17. An obvious scapegoat

18. The kids to leave home

19. A Dow-Jones of 1500

20. The Lion to lie down with the Lamb

21. Mutual consent

22. A better time

23. A more favorable horoscope

24. My youth to return

25. The two-minute warning

26. The legal profession to reform

27. Richard Nixon to be re-elected

28. Age to grant me the right of eccentricity

29. Tomorrow

30. Jacks or better

31. My annual checkup

32. A better circle of friends

33. The stakes to be higher

34. The semester to start

35. My way to be clear

36. The cat to stop clawing the sofa

37. An absence of risk

38. The barking dog next door to leave town

39. My uncle to come home from the service

40. Someone to discover me

41. More adequate safeguards

42. A lower capital gains rate

43. The statute of limitations to run out

44. My parents to die (Joke!)

45. A cure for herpes/AIDS

46. The things that I do not understand or approve of to go away

47. Wars to end

48. My love to rekindle

49. Someone to be watching

50. A clearly written set of instructions

51. Better birth control

52. The ERA to pass

53. An end to poverty, injustice, cruelty, deceit, incompetence, pestilence, crime and offensive suggestions

54. A competing patent to expire

55. Chicken Little to return

56. My subordinates to mature

57. My ego to improve

58. The pot to boil

59. My new credit card

60. The piano tuner

61. This meeting to be over

62. My receivables to clear

63. The unemployment checks to run out

64. Spring

65. My suit to come back from the cleaners

66. My self-esteem to be restored

67. A signal from Heaven

68. The alimony payments to stop

69. The gems of brilliance buried within my first bumbling efforts to be recognized, applauded and substantially rewarded so that I can work on the second draft in comfort

70. A reinterpretation of Robert’s Rules of Order

71. Various aches and pains to subside

72. Shorter lines at the bank

73. The wind to freshen

74. My children to be thoughtful, neat, obedient and self-supporting

75. Next season

76. Someone else to screw up

77. My current life to be declared a dress rehearsal with some script changes permitted before opening night

78. Logic to prevail

79. The next time around

80. You to stand out of my light

81. My ship to come in

82. A better deodorant

83. My dissertation to be finished

84. A sharp pencil

85. The check to clear

86. My wife, film or boomerang to come back

87. My doctor’s approval, my father’s permission, my minister’s blessing or my lawyer’s okay

88. Morning

89. California to fall into the ocean

90. A less turbulent time

91. The Iceman to Cometh

92. An opportunity to call collect

93. A better write-off

94. My smoking urges to subside

95. The rates to go down

96. The rates to go up

97. The rates to stabilize

98. My grandfather’s estate to be settled

99. Weekend rates

100. A cue card

101. You to go first

 

David B. Campbell

 

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As for the story, not sure where I read it, maybe, it was “Heart at work,” by Jack Canfield and Jacqueline Miller or maybe it was the “Chicken soup for the soul at work” by Jack Canfield et al. Anyway, that’s a project for another weekend…in the meantime, I have bunch of stuff to do and all I really want to do is curl up somewhere and just nap…know what I mean?

 

 

 

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
The publisher and editor-in-chief for Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), Fareeha is currently working at a media company as Content development Manager (or as they call it, the managing editor); she also served as the managing editor for Valuemag (Jan 08-July 09 – Print editions Valuemag 1-13). She has over 15 years of solid management experience in managing products, brands, projects, processes, staff, customers, vendors and time, plus, she has a MSc degree in Economics (and Business Administration) from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA and BA from Kinnaird. She also freelanced for The News on Sunday (1994-95). Tkfr.com chronicles some of her work – editing, writing, reporting and print and online media management. (1994-to date).

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  1. More reading?

    4/28/2011 @ 11:27AM |1,861 views
    How Chicken Soup For the Soul Dramatically Expanded Its Brand

    Most brand expansions fail. As noted recently in a great article by Chunka Mui, a five-year study by Bain & Company 1,850 companies showed that only 13 percent achieved what Bain called “even a modest level of sustained and profitable growth.” The list of failures goes on and on:

    * Cisco, the maker of routers, tried moving into video cameras and failed.
    * The cement company, Blue Circle, tried moving into lawnmowers and failed.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/04/28/how-chicken-soup-for-the-soul-dramatically-expanded-its-brand/

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