Dr. Seuss Lessons: How Did It Get Late So Soon?

Today is Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday. The author better known and beloved by many as Dr. Seuss would have been 108 today. Universal Pictures is celebrating his birthday by releasing a new motion picture, The Lorax. While I am not going to see the movie, I have decided to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Seuss by embracing one of his great life lessons wrapped in one short catchy rhyme.

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before its afternoon. December is here before June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

 The lesson is quite simple; don’t let life pass you by. Do you end the day feeling as if you didn’t accomplish anything, then it’s the week, the month, and then you look up and it’s New Years Eve! Stop! Stop letting precious time and potential for amazing moments slip away. Don’t let another year fly by without making some lasting memories and strides in your life.

“Only you can control your future.” 

Between your meetings fit in some fun. Time to do what you love, try something new, or see something new. We all begin making small excuses that grow into big barriers to us living our lives to the fullest. We think of our time and money and wonder will we have enough of either. Yes, you will have enough if you make it enough. Don’t let your small worries become big troubles.

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m already you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

Yes, you’re busy, we all are. I am too, but I have also decided that I’m not too busy to enjoy life. Cast your worries aside and live to enjoy yourself. Stop making your worries into actual troubles that prevent you from living an amazing life.

“Oh the things you can find if you don’t stay behind.”

Think of something you have always wanted to do and make real plans to do it. Use your imagination like Dr. Seuss and see where it can take you. Maybe you can’t travel the world tomorrow, but you can take a short trip in a month. It could even be something as simple as taking a pottery class on the weekend or a relaxing stroll in the park every Sunday. This year I have decided to go on vacation and visit three cities I have never been to. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What are you going to do?

“So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a great balancing act…Will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! Kid, you’ll move mountains. You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.”

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