The Dr. Seuss 12-Step Programme to Living Your Best Life

The Dr. Seuss 12-Step Programme to Living Your Best Life
By Louise Pool
The other day, my daughter was complaining about what she considered to be unethical behaviour by some of her friends. I responded by sarcastically suggesting that they probably hadn’t watched “Touched by an Angel” in their formative years. She figured it was probably a lack of Dr. Seuss.

And I realised that she was right. Dr. Seuss subtly (or not so subtly some might say) incorporates little nuggets of wisdom into all his books for children. Read Dr. Seuss to your kids and they will be forever “programmed” to strive to be their highest selves. If you haven’t read the man yet, it’s high time to do so yourself. I'm not sure if our local bookshops still stock any Dr. Seuss books (I bought all mine at Antigone, but that was years ago.). If you can't find any, I'm sure the lovely people at Chanterelle will order them for you.

Here’s some wisdom from Dr. Seuss and a little translation into Personal Growth Speak (PGS).

  1. Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. In PGS: Be your authentic self.
  2. I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! In PGS: Overcoming challenges and difficulties are opportunities for personal growth.
  3. Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. In PGS: Take a positive attitude and live in the moment. And practice your positive affirmations.
  4. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. In PGS: Accept personal responsibility in choosing your directions in life. Make your choices consciously.
  5. From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere. In PGS: Be aware of your surroundings and see the humour in everything. Laughter is relaxing and can be enlightening.
  6. And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed. In PGS: Believe in your success. Having goals, purpose and dreams will focus your attention and change the condition of your life.
  7. Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try! In PGS: Use lateral thinking to tap into your creativity.
  8. If you want to catch beasts you don't see everyday, You have to out-of-the-way, You have to go places no others can get to. You have to get cold, and you have to get wet, too. In PGS: Get out of your comfort zone.
  9. The more you read, the more you'll know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. In PGS: Develop your skills and enrich your mind by buying good books on personal development. Again, Chanterelle has a pretty good selection.
  10. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. In PGS: Connectedness to other people, other species and the earth rounds us in our lives.
  11. If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good. In PGS: Get out of your comfort zone
  12. A person's a person, no matter how small. In PGS: Love yourself and respect others. Size doesn’t matter???
If you prefer your wisdom a little more saccharine coated, go and watch reruns of “Touched by an Angel”...

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