Lessons from Kid's Books: Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  By Dr. Seuss In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday tomorrow, I wanted to pick out my favorite Dr. Seuss book to write about.  This book has many, many life lessons for all ages—In fact, the copy I have was given to me as a gift when I graduated from college!

“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

This book celebrates our ability to be successful with our God-given talents, and to be able to define what success looks like to each of us individually.  It reminds us that there are many different roads that we can decide to take at any given time.  We all tend to experience moments where we wonder if we should take that job, buy that house, move away, etc.  The decisions that we make influence the path our lives take—so choose carefully!!!

“I’m sorry to say so but, sadly it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.”

There are going to be times where bad things happen—you can get sick, you might lose your job, or you experience a lot of stress.  You may find yourself in a slump, and unsure where to go from here.  The book reminds us that it is not only important to be patient, but to look for opportunities to pull yourself out of the slump—only you have the ability to do so!!!

“All Alone!  Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot.”

There may be times where you may feel like no one understands you, that you may never find Mr. or Mrs. Right, or that you are the only one having problems.  The world can feel very lonely at times.  The book reminds us that regardless of the difficulty, we need to face our problems and deal with them—don’t just give up or walk away.

“And will you succeed?  Yes!  You will, indeed!  (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)  KID, YOU WILL MOVE MOUNTAINS!”

Source: Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

Written by: Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group.  Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling.  Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.