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Life lessons of Dr. Seuss

By BECKY CRISSMAN

becky.crissman@cordeledispatch.com

Today, all the Whos in Whoville, as well as children across the world celebrate the life and legacy of the greatest children’s author of all time, the late Dr. Seuss.
As a child I remember thinking how gross it would be to eat Green Eggs and Ham, but got curious when Sam I am finally proclaimed his love of the food.
I think it is safe to say you will rarely find a child, or adult, in this century that has not enjoyed one of the many tales told by Dr. Seuss. He has taught us many lessons through his literary prowess. Lessons that still hold true today.
Through his whimsical rhymes and interesting characters Dr. Seuss taught us to respect others as demonstrated by Horton in Horton Hears a Who. Horton carries around a speck of dust to protect a city of Whos  that reside inside because “A person’s a person no matter how small.”
Dr. Seuss taught us the importance of knowledge and thinking in the classic “Oh the thinks you will think.”
“Think left and think right, Think low and think high, Oh the thinks you can think up when only you think.”
Dr. Seuss taught us to just be ourselves.
“Today you are you that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.”
“Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind..”
As young people Dr. Seuss taught us to pursue our dreams and do not limit ourselves in what we do.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
One of the most important lessons that the late great Dr. Seuss taught us is one that we should embrace today. With so many youngsters falling into what the crowd is doing. Just remember the greatest advice of all
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out.”
He may have been the writer of children’s books but Dr. Seuss left behind many great life lessons that even as adults we should implement in our lives.
No matter how young our old we have the ability to effect change and as Dr. Seuss said.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better it’s not.”
This phrase rings very true with the coming elections.
Before you rush to the polls to vote on impulse. Step back and think….. Think left and think right or however else you need to.
We can affect change. Our votes do count. Do some research. Know your candidates and what they stand for before casting your ballot.
Remember deception lies around every corner… I mean even salt looks like sugar.