“Today you are You,
That is truer than true.
There is no one alive
Who is Youer than You”
Dr. Seuss was the philosopher king of the 20th century. We raised our children with his silly verse and drawings, teaching them good behavior.
The only problem is that when we read Dr. Seuss to our children, we didn’t listen to what we were reading. Dr. Seuss spoke to adults as well as children. Please reread his quote and ask yourselves if you believe “there is no one alive who is Youer than You?”
Many of us grew up with questions like,
Why don’t you dress like ___?
Why aren’t you smart, athletic, or talented like your older brother/sister?”
When will you grow up and live up to your father’s/mother’s reputation/success?
What would your mother say if she knew ____?
Often those questions lead us to rebel in many little ways, sometimes in big ways. We didn’t know that we were actually just trying to be us, but we didn’t know how to do that. Often we absorbed the knowledge that we were “less than,” so how could we become the “you” we were born to be?
We were born unique and our life experiences were designed to teach us what we needed to learn to be the best “you” we could be. Some of us turned these learning experiences into opportunities. Some of us decided that we would always be second best or the worst, because we could not live up to others’ expectations. Now we know better.
It is never too late to become “you,” just “you” and no one else. If we haven’t started already, we can start right now. Before we make decisions or take actions, even small ones, we can ask ourselves, “Would the best me do this?”
Thank you for reminding us that we are unique. We each have our own goals and personalities. The more we remember that we are unique, the more we know that no one can be better or worse than we are in any moment. That knowledge will lead us to better words and actions. Today I choose to be the best me I can be.
And so it is.
© by Sharon Dillon, September 9, 2014
Sharon D. Dillon, firstname.lastname@example.org and Laugh your way to peace, love and joy at http://energywriter.me
Chesapeake Bay Writers, Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, Southern Humorists, National Society of Newspaper Columnists
Author of one of 14 stories in The Book of Mom: Reflections of Motherhood with Love, Hope and Faith, published by booksyoucantrust.com. Available in print and e-format at Amazon.com
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