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All I need to know in life I learned from Dr. Seuss

March 2 was the 108th anniversary of Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday, but you probably remember him simply as Dr. Seuss. The latest incarnation of Dr. Seuss' work, "The Lorax," is in theaters now and is kicking butt at the box office. The man is unstoppable even now. 

But why is this? It's because everything you need to know in life you can glean from Dr. Seuss' writings. Here are the life lessons I learned from the creator of the cat in the hat and many other awesome creatures…

• "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" Oh, so true. If you are different in any sort of way, and you've ever tried to fit in to what society has deemed "normal," then you know how futile it is. Celebrate your different-ness. 

• "You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut." Walk through life with your eyes wide open and you'll see more, do more, learn more and be more. Dr. Seuss was one smart cookie.

• "Teeth are always in style." Smiling doesn't hurt anyone. Including yourself.

• "I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do. And that enables you to laugh at life's realities." 

• "Everything stinks 'til it's finished." Yep. Finish what you start, and don't judge the project in the works.

• Dr. Seuss taught me to be myself and love who I am. "Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

• The good doctor also taught me to "carpe diem" or "seize the day." Live in the moment, if you will. "You have brains in your head, You have feet in your shoes, You can steer yourself in any direction you choose; You're on your own, And you know what you know, You are the guy who'll decide where to go."

Perhaps my favorite bit of advice from Dr. Seuss is this: "Live with intention. Walk on the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is."

That just about covers it, Doc.

Posted: Mar 06 2012, 01:35 PM by Red On The Head | with no comments
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