What we can learn from Dr. Seuss by Camilla Bravo
I'm sitting here in my office after a long day of clinical supervision (which, by the way, I absolutely love doing) and I began thinking about my next project. I have been working with the local chapter of AHEC (Upstate Greenville, SC) doing some presentations and want to begin thinking more outside the box. Ask anyone who knows me well and they may say ...'Wait...she's trying to think outside the box??? We keep trying to get her to put at least one foot back inside the box!' Either way, even I, the one who lives outside the box, have periods of time when I am deeply ensconched in the day-to-day ritual of this thing we call life.
I look over at a stack of children's books and see my favorite - Oh, the Places You'll Gothat was published one year before Dr. Seuss' death at the young age of 87. I remember reading this when I first started my private practice and how inspired I felt when I was finished. A children's book, you might say? Absolutely. One of the reasons we feel overwhelmed and burdoned by life is because we don't allow our inner child to be free - poor little thing is sometimes squashed down, or even placed in a teeny, tiny box only to be allowed out after the second or third glass of wine (or bourbon, if you prefer). Dr. Seuss had it all figured out - no matter the situation, good will dominate over bad and the litte guy can (and will) succeed. And I have to admit, there have been plenty of times in my life when I needed the words found in this book. No matter how simplistic or outlandish they may be, the meaning is still there - you can do it. So read this excerpt from the book, and take to heart that yes - you can do it too.
"Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You'll be as famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV."
"Except when they don't - because, sometimes, they won't. I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you. All alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you'll be quite a lot. And when you're alone, there's a very good chance you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won't want to go on."
"But on you will go, though the weather be fowl. On you will go though your enemy prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you'll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are. You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left."
"And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.) KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
It doesn't get much better than that...I think I may have found the topic for my next presentation - stay tuned!