Meet my new life-coach, Dr Seuss!

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

Dr Seuss

Was Dr Seuss a part of your childhood? He never featured in mine, although I think he practically taught my husband to read. I was subject to Peter and Jane, but that’s another story altogether, and probably explains a lot.

Since we had our children, I’ve come to know Dr Seuss better and the girls loved his books when they were learning to read, but the thing is this, over the last couple of months, I’ve come across a number of Dr Seuss quotes, which I’ve discovered speaking directly to me.

The one above touched a sensitive nerve this week, with the excursion to my family’s graves and it neatly sums up what I’m sure was my Mum and Dad’s attitude to lives well lived.

Having spent more time than I should have over recent months reading what are billed as ‘self-help’ books, I was also struck by another Dr Seuss quote that I read somewhere

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.

Don’t you think it takes a kind of self-confidence and self-assurance to hold on to that thought?

This one completely sums up my thoughts on marriage

We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.

So all this has got me wondering, is Dr Seuss lost on the young? Because quite frankly, I think 90% of self-help books should be pulped and instead Dr Seuss books should be compulsory reading for mixed up adults of any age. Perhaps his books should be available on prescription?

They’re a lot more fun, say all there is to say in far fewer words and have much better pictures!

If you’re a stranger to Dr Seuss, have a look in the children’s books section of your local charity shops and see what you can pick up. Or if you can’t wait, have a look here at some classic quotes.

I’m appointing Dr Seuss my new life-coach. Whenever I feel in need of some expert guidance, I’m going to eschew the myriad of authors who’s books fill the self-help shelves and instead turn to Dr Seuss.

After all, as he says

In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!

You don’t get that kind of insight from any old life-coach do you.


Author: Anny

English countryside, old places, making art.

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