Happy (belated) Birthday Dr. Seuss!!
As I have gotten to know Dr. Seuss over the years I have discovered that he is much more complex than simply a children’s author with a gift for rhymes. His books have a voice and a way of depicting moral value. (I mean consider the words of The Lorax, it can’t get more environmentally simple than that)…
The Huffington Post featured the article :”Here’s What Dr. Seuss Can Teach Every Adult About Life” yesterday and I thought the lessons spoke to the heart. Which you can probably guess means I am going to share them with you.
1. If you’re present situation is wearing you down, don’t lose optimism about the future.
This is relatable for every adult, regardless of where they are in their life. I know I am feeling the pressure of my present situation and hoping for a more optimistic future. But I can’t help but to read the words of “Oh The Places You Will Go” and gain a new perspective, even go as far as finding clarity.
“And when things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.”
-Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
2. A little kindness goes a long way.
This is a lesson that has been drilled in our brains from the time we are little. The old do unto others as you would like done onto you. But Dr. Seuss is able to, once again, change your perspective. In “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” you meet a rotten, no-good person who is anything but kind. As the story progresses you find that the grinch is someone who is often left-out, someone who has been given no other choice but to morph into a state of grumpiness. It teaches you to consider each person a person and not base your opinion off of the circumstances around them.It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
"It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.”
-How the Grinch Stole Christmas
3. Hold fast to your beliefs, even in the face of ridicule.
In the book “Horton Hears a Who” the main character hears a voice from a small speck of dust on a flower. In trusting his instincts, he discovers that it was not a speck of dust but rather an entire population of people living on the flower. If it weren’t for Horton sticking with his beliefs Whoville may never have been discovered.
"A person’s a person, no matter how small."
-Horton Hears a Who
4. A little open-mindedness goes a long way.
In the book, “Green Eggs and Ham” Sam-I-Am is insistent that he will not like the green eggs and ham even though he had never tried it before. As the narrator provides many different scenarios in which Sam-I-Am can eat the eggs and ham he continues to stick with the idea that he will not like them.
“Try them, try them, and you may!
Try them and you may, I say.”
-Green Eggs and Ham
5. Fun is Good!
In “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” the reader is told that having fun is a good thing to do. Something we as adults tend to forget.
"Did you ever fly a kite in bed?
Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head?
Did you ever milk this kind of cow?
Well, we can do it. We know how.
If you never did, you should.
These things are fun and fun is good.”
-One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
I hope this post offers you a little bit of joy to your case of the mondays!! Keep them in mind as you head into your week. Happy Monday everyone!!
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple" (Just Sayin’). -Dr. Seuss