Well Inspired by Dr. Seuss
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”– Dr. Seuss
Happy Birthday, Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss)! To celebrate Dr. Seuss and his commitment to improve elementary literacy, the National Education Association (NEA) purposefully holds Read Across America, a national reading initiative, on his birthday which is today March 2.
According to the NEA website, on this day “teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students' reading.” Wow! If Dr. Seuss wields this kind of inspiration in the classroom, realbuzz friends, imagine his motivational influence in the gym or on the pavement . . .
In honor of his birthday (and for a bit of nostalgic fun), let’s explore how three of Dr. Seuss’s seminal works might inspire you to achieve your wellness goals.
The Cat in the Hat: Pulitzer Prize winner John Hershey wrote an article for Life magazine (May 24, 1954) entitled “Why Do Students Bog Down on the First R?” Hershey reasoned that children had poor reading skills because children’s books were downright boring. He was annoyed by the primers of the day, calling them “antiseptic” and the children in them “unnaturally clean.” Dr. Seuss’s purpose behind The Cat in the Hat (1957) was to improve basic literacy by writing a story that “six-year-olds could not put down.” Indeed! Dr. Seuss used fun words, zany characters, madcap situations, and vibrant illustrations to make reading entertaining and exciting for children.
Healthy-Living Takeaway: Do you find yourself bogged down or stuck in a rut, performing boring, outdated routines that make you dread exercising? Check out Suzanne’s fitness blog for some of the latest exercise trends; buy yourself some new music or funky apparel to perk up your workouts. Our Brit Bird Abroad’s running shoes strike a wonderful balance between functionality and fun.
Green Eggs and Ham: A persistent “Sam-I-Am” tries to convince an un-named character to eat “green eggs and ham” by offering it in various locations (house, car, tree, train) with a variety dining partners (goat, fox, mouse). After “Sam-I-Am” agrees to leave him alone, the character tries “green eggs and ham” on his own and decides that he likes it. This simple, clever story consists of only two characters and contains only fifty words.
Healthy-Living Takeaway: Yuck. Who wants to eat green eggs . . . or greens, in general? Or work out, for that matter? All the persistent external noise about what you “should” do for your good health does little good unless you are self-motivated to do. You can be your own best trainer by staying open -- listening to your intuition, letting go of perceived notions – and trying new things.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! This was Dr. Seuss’s final book – and it remains a popular gift for individuals (of all ages) entering new phases in their lives. The plotline inspires the confidence to explore opportunities and take chances -- not sitting in the “Waiting Place” where some sit waiting for things to happen -- and to handle life’s ups and downs. It’s most famous line is: "Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (98¾% guaranteed.)"
Healthy-Living Takeaway: Attaining wellness is a lifelong journey – requiring a sense of balance and consistent action. On your travels (and at various times in your life), you will encounter smooth and bumpy roads. Keep on keeping on! You won’t get there by waiting for things to happen.
And most importantly, realbuzz friends, have fun along the way!
How about you realbuzz friends? What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? How might you translate its moral to inspire your good health journey?
Until next time . . . “Mare-I-Care”
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