At home we have a set of Dr.Seuss books that both my husband and I bought for us to read to our son (and hopefully he will read it by himself one day too). Dr.Seuss is an American children’s author who has written more than 60 books selling over 600 million copies.
If you have not read any of Dr.Seuss books, it is time that you do. Even though his books are meant for kids, every single book he wrote has a deep message that is applicable to all of us, adults.
- Green Eggs and Ham – the key message is if you keep saying you don’t like something (food for example, or even your work), then forever you won’t like it whatever come may be, unless you change your narrative by trying it first. Who knows, you will like it eventually.
- Wish I had Duck Feet – the key message is while we always have this wishful thinking that we are like somebody we admire, we want to be like that somebody, be it because of the looks, the body, the voice, the job, but truth to be told, we are the best version of ourselves. We just need to know what ticks us and unleash our potential.
And here’s my all time favourite – Oh The Places You’ll Go.
The key message is right at the very first page, as follows:
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You are on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who will decide where to go.
In life, there will always be ups and downs. Some days are good some days are bad. And on those bad days, sometimes we regret of the choices we make and we wish we can turn back time. Of course you can always have a better picture in hindsight. But such is life. And no matter what happens, we can’t just sit still. We have to embrace whatever fear we have and march on. As what Dr.Seuss says in this book:
Your mountain is waiting.
So….get on your way!
Such a simple yet uplifting book!
Go pick it up if you ever feel down or at a crossroad! And read it out loud so that you can internalise the message of every page. I’m definitely going to read this book over and over again to my son so that he knows, life is full of mishaps and misadventures but that’s the beauty of life and how you face your problems matters most.