After reading Todd Cline’s column (“The Cliches of Coachspeak may be trite but are true,” Sept. 25, 7A), I’m inspired to respond.
I am entirely in agreement. His sentiment about returning to the basics, of what we already learned in kindergarten as suggested by Robert Fulghum’s book of “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” is dead on.
Fulghum’s book, speeches from inspiring speaker at seminars, or sermons from pastors, which “doesn’t always include groundbreaking stuff… but feature information that you’ve forgotten, or more likely, have gotten lax with,” is what we all need to remind us to be a better person.
The problem is that we don’t get reminded often enough. Aside from the sermons (if you are religious and attend church weekly), where else can anyone hear the messages regularly?
Just as children need to be reminded to say “please” and “thank you,” adults need to hear messages of not only “work hard,” “be kind” and “be patient,” but now, with our culture, even “be courteous,” and “be responsible,” and maybe even “be self-reliant.”
And for the messages to be internalized, believed, and become a habit, it may take a long, long, long time. To be a better person is lifelong endeavor.
Van Marosek, Lawrenceville