Have you ever wondered why all that really cool stuff we learned in elementary school just "went away" when we turned into grown ups?
What's up with that? Seriously...what happened? Why did we stop doing joy? Did somebody tell us that to be child-like (very different from childish, might we add) in how we lead our lives was somehow wrong? Did someone suggest that loving each other was...not okay? Did someone say that making money was more fulfilling than making love? And no, we don't mean THAT silly...we mean making the BIG AUDACIOUS TRANSFORMATIVE love happen wherever we go!
Why can't we dance in the gym? Why can't we sing at our desk? Why can't we smile for no reason?
And we say, let's up the ante even more.
Why can't we lead a company AND shout I LOVE YOU at the same time? Why can't we stand with the leaders of nations and share love, connection, downright freakin' joy in being together on this fantastic roller-coaster we call LIFE? Why can't we as Red Boot Leaders/Lovers stand humbly with other Red Boot Leaders/Lovers and look into the eyes of our children...all our children...and feel the powerful and life-changing compassion that springs deep from the well of our shared human experience?
One of the original Red Booters, Robert Fulghum (he doesn't know he is a Red Booter, but WE sure do) says it pretty well in his book "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." Remember that one? In case you forgot, here are some of the main points.
1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don't hit people.
4. Put things back where you found them.
5. Clean up your own mess.
6. Don't take things that aren't yours.
7. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.”
(To learn more about the wonder-full and wacky-full brilliance of this man, check out his Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/robertleefulghum)
It's time Red Booters! The world needs a reboot!
Posted on March 25, 2014