Do you need to be ‘un-slumped’?

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

 Maybe fantasy is a necessary ingredient. I just finished watching The Lorax with my boys and my mom. I felt silly fighting back tears for singing fish! But what an amazing ability to convey BIG lessons in such a magical way.

When I was in high school a graduation speech was given based on the Dr. Seuss book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and I highly suggest that you buy a copy of that book to re-read to your adult self (good for un-slumping yourself…) Here is a quote:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

I do love the internet. I can think of no other age when at the end of the movie, without getting off the couch, it is possible to access info on what you just watched. Did you know that Theodor Seuss Geisel originally wrote under his own name but was kicked off the magazine staff (caught partying during Prohibition) and then began  submitting under his pseudonym? Did you also know that ‘Seuss’ was his mothers maiden name?

And one more uplifting thought. His first book was rejected 27 times before finally being published!

Feeling ‘un-slumped’ yet?


  1. Barbara on August 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Oh, my how timely…did you ever feel like throwing in the towel? That would be me…today. I really needed to read this, thank you. God bless.

  2. Heidi (nrhareiner) on August 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Dr. Seuss is one of my favs. I think I have prity close to a full set of all his books. Even named a dog Sam after Sam I Am. Anyway. Thanks for sharing. Have to see about digging that one back out. Have not seen the movie yet. One thing to be said about kids. Keep you up on all these things.

  3. jennifercretens on August 23, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for sharing Stacy! Totally feeling unslumped! The book you’re referring to is often given as a high school graduation gift in our area! We in fact have a copy of the book from our daughter’s graduation back in 2002! Somehow the book stayed when she bought her own home!

  4. Tammy Bledsoe on August 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Love the story.. My daughter just graduated in May, and she based her graduation speech on the book by Dr. Seuss, “Oh the Places You Will Go” and used the quote you listed.. 🙂

  5. johanna on August 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    love it!!

  6. Chris on August 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

    YES. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face and a feeling of joy that warms the heart!

  7. FeyGirl on August 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Oh, most definitely… Thank you!!! And how synchronous: I just updated my blog’s “Quotable” to this very Lorax quote (the second one) this early morning! Love it. It’s a sign. 🙂

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