Living Life by Dr Seuss

Life?, Parenthood

Words of a Prophet

              Although I do believe that there is a God, I think that the sayings of Dr Seuss are much easier to life your life by. No offence intended to those that live by a holy book. I considered using a book of the Bible for each of the quotes that I had chosen. The first one was initially labelled Genesis 1:1 but I thought that it might be perceived as offensive…

You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book

Many of the things that the good doctor is quoted as saying can be used by people from all walks of life to improve their outlook or to gain a new perspective of what should be done. For example:

For the nostalgic –

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

For those fearful of change –

If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.

For the sheep who get into trouble following others – 

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…

For the thinkers – 

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

For those who have lost their identity – 

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than You.

For the learners – 

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

For the prejudiced –

A person’s a person, no matter how small.

For anyone who gives a damn – 

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

   There are many others that I could stick in here but I am saving them for another day; maybe when the sun is not sunny. As a teacher, I think that the children in my class (and schools everywhere) could learn a lot if they based their social and emotional relationships on the things that Seuss said. He strikes upon issues of inequality, mental issues, loneliness, hardship, poverty, change, learning and many other things. 

For the remainder of the school year, I am going to use a quote of Dr Seuss as a basis for our class circle time. Let’s hope they apply some of what can be learnt from him. I’ll just let the children lead because, after-all…

Adults are just obsolete children.

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