In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, I thought I would write a list of life lessons that we've learned from his books. "What's this?" you say. "What could I have possibly learned from the rhyming ramblings of a children's author?" I think you'd be surprised. Because between the wockets in pockets and foxes in socks, it appears that from there to here and here to there, a life lesson can truly be found anywhere . . .even in Dr. Seuss books. Read on:
- Trying Different Things Won't Kill You - "You do not like
them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. . . . Sam! If you will let me be, I will try them. You will see. Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!" - Green Eggs and Ham
- Deliver on Your Promises - "I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one-hundred percent!" - Horton Hatches the Egg
- Money Can't Buy Happiness - "And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?" - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Everyone Is Equal - "A person's a person, no matter how small." Horton Hears a Who!
- And sometimes the best example comes in the form of what not to do:
The Truth Will Set You Free . . . But Choose Your Words Carefully - "Cat, you ruined mom's dress!
Honey, it was ruined when she bought it." - Cat in the Hat