Common Sense Dr. Seuss Style

Here’s a little Monday inspiration. Who remembers Green Eggs & Ham? Dr. Seuss is timeless! This seriocomic take on success offers advice to people of all ages. Whether we are graduating from school or to a new way of thinking let us step boldly onto a new path.

Excerpt from, “Oh The Places You’ll Go”

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

That’s not for you!

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t Stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.


5 Replies to “Common Sense Dr. Seuss Style”

  1. Faith,

    I looove Dr. Suess. Along with my parents, he's responsible for my life-long love of reading. Ever since my parents read it to me many years ago, I've always remembered certain passages from Green Eggs and Ham!

    According to Wikipedia, one federal judge imitated it in his ruling:

    "On September 21, 2007, U.S. District Court Judge James Muirhead used Green Eggs and Ham in his court ruling after receiving an egg in the mail from prisoner Charles Jay Wolff. Muirhead ordered the egg destroyed as he stated in his judgment:

    I do not like eggs in the file.

    I do not like them in any style.

    I will not take them fried or boiled.

    I will not take them poached or broiled.

    I will not take them soft or scrambled,

    Despite an argument well-rambled.

    No fan I am of the egg at hand.

    Destroy that egg! Today! Today!

    Today I say!

    Without delay!"


    Out of all the things I got, Oh, The Places You'll Go was my favorite law school graduation present. *Smile*

    Expect Success!

  2. This was so wonderful to read. I'd never actually read the books growing up (just the cartoons… shame on it). This is so appropriate to how life as an adult works, I'm not sure if I would've 'got it' when younger.

    "Just go right along.

    You’ll start happening too."

    That's the hard part… waiting until you start happening… but go you will.

    1. Ann: Thanks for the comment. Yes! Travel outside the US can be a life-changing experience.

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