Lessons From Dr. Seuss

August 13, 2013 — 3 Comments

Little Lezlie

Dr. Seuss was and probably will always be my favorite author. I could never get enough of his wisdom, it was so simple and true that the smallest of children could comprehend it. I recently came across a really thoughtful article on Lessons from Dr. Seuss and wanted to share it with you all.

  1. Be a thinker of great things.  Dr. Seuss teaches us, “Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”
  2. Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.  Sometimes you just don’t know what you’ve got until after it’s gone.  In Bartholomew and the Ooblek, King Didd got what he wished for, but the sticky Ooblek goo was worse than the fog, snow, sunshine, and rain that it replaced.  The King quickly wanted his old weather back and he learned to appreciate it.
  3. Be your best you.   In the words of Dr. Seuss, “There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  Make the most of what you’ve got.   In Yertle the Turtle, we see “feather envy” and it’s a gentle reminder to be careful what you wish for and appreciate what you’ve got.
  4. Bend your world in wonderful ways.  Nobody bends it like the Cat in the Hat.   From the metaphors you use, to the thinks that you think, you can shape your world that’s right in front of you.
  5. Don’t put yourself in a box.  You’re only limited by your own imagination.   The Cat in the Hat teaches us how to let our imaginations run wild.
  6. Don’t waste your time worrying who’s better than who.  In Yertle the Turtle, Dr. Seuss teaches us that “You have better things to do than argue who’s better than who.”
  7. Dream it and do it.  You can move mountains when you put your mind to it.  Direct your life like a blockbuster and make things happen.
  8. Edutainment wins over boring and ho-hum.  With whacky words, wondrous worlds, and fantastical characters, Dr. Seuss taught us the edutainment is how you change a child’s life.  Reading is only boring if you make it so.
  9. Kindle your curiosity.  Keep your mind open and your eyes peeled.  Stay curious and follow your growth.
  10. Life happens in moments at a time.  Don’t miss out on life by tuning out the little things along the way.
  11. Own your fun.   There’s more to do than play in the rain.  When you’re bored, you’re boring.   The Cat in the Hat teaches us to be the maker of our own fun.  Make each day your own special blend of whatever it is that best floats your boat.
  12. Play at your day.  You can play at your day, in every way.
  13. Persistence pays off.  Be relentless in your pursuit of things.  In Green Eggs and Ham, it was through persistence that Sam-I-Am finally got the unnamed character to try the green eggs and ham.  In real life, Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press.
  14. Treat people fairly and squarely.  In The Sneetches and Other Stories, Dr. Seuss shows us that we can’t judge people by their lot in life or whether they have a star on their belly.  In Yertle the Turtle, it’s a reminder not to climb over people on your way to the top, because they’re same people you’ll see on your way back down.
  15. Try it … you just might like it.  In Green Eggs and Ham, when the unnamed character was surprised to find out that he actually likes green eggs and ham once he tried them.  You just never know until you try.
  16. Saying you’re sorry can help make things right.   In Bartholomew and the Oobleck, when the king finally said the magic words, “I’m sorry,” and “it’s all my fault,” he helped make things right again.
  17. See the bright side of things.  It’s a great day for up, when you can see the sunny side of things.  Sure sometimes you’ll have to work at it, but positivity is a skill.  Do it daily.
  18. Setbacks happen.  Deal with them and move on.   Make trouble think twice about messing with you.
  19. Some people are much more unlucky than you.  When you’re down in the dumps and things get real bad, remind yourself that somewhere, somehow, someway … somebody is much “more unlucky than you.”
  20. Success is a journey and we all have our own paths.  Make your journey count.  Don’t let fear stop you.  Don’t let conventional wisdom stop you.  Lead the life you want to live, and when there’s no path, make one.
  21. Your voice counts.  In Horton Hears a Who, Dr. Seuss shows us how one little voice can tip the scale … after all, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

My favorite Dr. Seuss book is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” and I still read it for inspiration. Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book?

love lezlie

3 responses to Lessons From Dr. Seuss

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    Hi Lezlie,   I know you are a writer. I have written several peoms (years ago).   I would like to share them with you.   Be blessed of the Lord!   Pastor Walter  For the Love of My Life By Walter Edward Stamps For many years I have known, Without your love I would not have grown, Into the man who stands before you Whom destination foreknew. Our courses would meet A lovely lady with the wisdom of the streets Great in all manners of eats and treats, really sweet and nice and neat. Dressed so well and loved your smell, I know in my heart marrying you Would turn out well. And it has for the past thirty years. I love you very much!!! Wilma This poem has been claimed by Wes BoldFinally a Place By Walter Edward Stamps Finally a place where I can go, Alone, with others so near, I see my self, far from here. Night to close to day to come, Must run more errands to fill the day, All time working but no time to play. Finally a place where the Spirit roams, Though never leaving you alone, Knowing your place is always at home. Finally a time to know for sure, time Is short so we must endure. Long day, Short night, too many priorities, the day will come when all things stop, but for now in the mist of everyone I solace, stop. This poem has been claimed by Wes Bold   The Night Before… By Walter Edward Stamps The night before my wedding, I could not snore, for sleep soon left As I contemplated the more; time in the tub, shoes on the floor. . .dating was over, Kind of relieved, not for going out, but for looking out, for another to Tease. I came to my sense, A life of love Without the expense, trust can be good, no more sitting on the fence, wondering what to dress, Best shoes In the bedroom, suit on the chess, gloves on the table, my house is a Mess. I pray to my Lord, searching for answers, faith restored, for while young in life, old in skill, time was fleeting, Seriously I kneeled. The night before my wedding, the burden was heavy, but promised by God, no more than you can carry, those words seemed to smart. Same words from my Mother who put them in my heart. This poem has been claimed by Wes Bold     Life Is… By Walter Edward Stamps Life is full of surprises, some good, some bad, Working for money, not enough, makes me sad. Winners and loosers, together we go, checking in, check out, all the day long Waiting for our ship, to come in, you know. Not sure which way to go. Hoping and praying for the “J Lo”, so many choices and not sure which is mine. Feel like that movie “Left Behind”. Kids are a joy, holidays and stuff, Got to keep it real, giving them all that fluff, cause not enough love to go around because my money is low, this gets me down. What I found is a hug does more, keeping kids happy, more than going to the store. Although, peer pressure is real, life is a to-do, just hugging my kids, suprises me too!! This poem has been claimed by Wes Bold            

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    Very Inspiring peace. Thanks for sharing. xx

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