It’s Dr. Seuss Day around here today. I have fond memories of reading Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat during my childhood. Since I am officially a librarian this year, I think it’s appropriate for me to share three pieces of wisdom that Dr. Seuss (aka Theodore Geisel) has handed me over the years.
Truth One: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
I’m a reader. If you follow my Instagram account, you’ll know that this year I’m working REALLY hard to read 50 books by the end of the year. It’s slightly depressing to see my Instagram feed full of books rather than exciting trips, but I feel like I’m getting to take other journeys. I’m getting to delve into the world of Pixar, Inc and how they run their business. I’ve taken a trip to London during the Blitz of World War II. I’ve seen Atlantia, the mystical future underwater city. I’ve visited Pakistan and followed Malala through her life there. Currently, I’m learning what it’s like to do a skeleton run with Noelle Pikus-Pace. The more I read, the more things I have definitely learned. On top of that, I’m more excited to see new places and experience new things. And sometimes that means going off to an amusement park and playing.
Truth Two: “I meant what I said and I said what I meant.” — Horton Hears a Who
I often feel like I don’t always make sense. I recently was “promoted” to oversee a group of people, and I have become more hyper-aware when people don’t understand what I’ve written or said. I end up having to spend more time clarifying that I’d like. I’m learning how to read an email in different ways and understand other points of view. I’ve also been on the other end where I know someone is holding back information from me and I just want them to shoot straight. Passive-aggressiveness does nothing; in the end we all lose. Learn to say what you mean.
Truth Three: “Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” —Oh, the Thinks That You Think!
Who knew that your mind was such a powerful tool? If you think you can, you can! I’ve been struggling with this a lot lately—trying to convince myself that I can be creative and do things like design work even when I’m more of a word person. It’s sometimes hard to shift your paradigm and try something new. It’s scary. But I can just imagine where I would be if I didn’t try and didn’t think.
Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!