Hello Dear Readers,
Today marks the 116th birthday of the much beloved author Dr. Seuss. In honor of his infinite contributions to making this world a better place to be, it is also celebrated as Read Across America Day.
Dr. Seuss wrote the first book I was able to read independently. And the next three too. My parents didn’t believe I was reading the words, they thought I had simply memorized the words. But I knew. I remember the letters morphing into a WORD, and the word became a sentence. Then a paragraph. Then poetry and prose. My whole world opened up to a richer experience than even my childhood imagination could fathom.
I didn’t grow up in a religious or spiritual environment, but I craved that connection. I didn’t understand the word Grace beyond “a ballet dancer is graceful”, but that is what I was, in my own way, praying for. Then I was blessed to become a reader. Books were my teachers, friends, and connection to a power and spirit that was greater than any spectacle my child-mind witnessed. My moral compass was seeded in the books of Dr. Seuss. Decades later, my conscience still flashes on his stories when I am being stubborn or judgmental. I certainly can’t be the only person who carries his stories in their bones.
Here are a few fun facts about Dr. Seuss:
- To win a bet, He used only 50 unique words to write “Green Eggs & Ham”.
- Seuss was not only Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel’s middle name, it was his mother’s maiden name. He used her name to honor the gift of poetry that she brought into his life.
- When asked what motivated him to write books for children, he responded “I don’t write for children. I write for people.”
- Dr. Seuss is credited with the first published use of the word “nerd”, appearing in his 1950’s book “If I Ran a Zoo”. (It wasn’t derogatory)
- Before realizing his vision of Whoville, Sneetches, and a wondrous Cat in a Hat, the author tried his hand at writing and illustrating erotica. He quickly realized this venture was a flop because, well – just imagine illustrations of naked women drawn by Dr. Seuss and you’ll get the picture!
Did you have a favorite book or author as a child? If you are a parent, what stories do your kids love most? What books do you cherish in your life now? I would love to hear your stories upon stories!
Much Love and Blessings,
Crinkly cellophane wrapped
Baubles of glorious colour
Bursting monuments to words unsaid
Not promises or plans
Simply a gift of the present tense
Conversation Hearts…Those adorably damnable ass-tasting little chunks of embossed sugar. I remember first contemplating the existence of these as tokens and expressions of love when I was in late elementary school. Making my batch of valentines for all my classmates, then selecting candies to put in each. That’s where the “huh” started. The words on them prompted an inner dialogue of “Wait, I can’t give that to so-and-so”. Then sorting through the entire box to find there were only 11 acceptably positive messaged hearts. And why would so many of them be stamped with words of doubt and dislike? I was sure the conversation heart industry would dry up and disappear by the time I was an adult and had to deal with the weird feelings each one of those little buggers brought up. But as one candy heart said, “Uh… No”.
Why? Dear God, WHY?? (They need to add that to the standard list of weird conversation heart slogans) I mean, we are taught and reminded that Love is a force of unconditional beauty and grace. Valentine’s Day, the Superbowl for candy hearts, is a day to celebrate Love. Whereas these candies carry messages that are often just as soul-grating and residual as fingernails dragging across a chalkboard. And they kinda taste like that too.
No matter how irritating it was to grow up and be totally wrong about the persistent consumer demand for conversation hearts, that was nothing compared to the realization of the subconscious need they fulfill. I think these are the phrases of fear and doubt that the human condition associates in the face of Love. We don’t know what we are doing… like at all. And these lozenges of cupid poop bring up all the things we could talk about in order to better understand and embrace Love as its own entity and relate how it affects us.
Our neediness, our isolation, our confusion… The mass collective has issues. We know we need to talk more about everything in order to move past our issues and be comfortable in love, with love, and about love. When The Beatles sang “Love Is All You Need”, they were touching on this. We collectively got it backward though. Love isn’t the only thing we need… Love is ALL of our needs met. And we have a lot of needs! We also have a lot of things we don’t need that we permit to block our path toward a strong, healthy relationship with Love. Talking about those issues is a step closer to Love.
In light of this revelation, Conversation Hearts, I owe you an apology. In your own words, “Sorry, Not Sorry”. You are a bitter pill that if put to good use will make this life and the world a better place. I humbly acquiesce to the sublime beauty of the uncomfortable conversation.
P.S. I now believe that in addition to cockroaches, conversation hearts would survive a global catastrophe too. XOXO
Weekends can be crazy busy – So many things to catch up on, so many things we would each like to do, people we would like to see… It can seem like a never-ending cycle of mundane tasks that keeps us feeling drained and dissatisfied.
Recently, I have adopted a new technique. It’s changing my perspective on everything, and I’m going to share it with you.
Are you ready??
It’s not a new concept. But it is so very foreign to so many of us.
Slowing down looks different for everyone. But it’s about making room for yourself in your life. That Me-Time thing… Yes, you can have it. Just give yourself permission and mean it! If your inner well isn’t flowing abundantly, what can you afford to give to anything else?
For me, it currently means taking unnecessary pressure off of myself by making gentler, more loving goals. Today, I am simply setting my intention.
What does that mean?
Creating a declarative statement
to empower oneself to reach a goal.
- I will get the words down, on these pages, a minimum of 3 days a week.
- I will learn how to improve my pages as I write.
- I will employ those improvements in the work I perform on these pages.
- I will treat each effort with respect and love.
- I will gratefully celebrate every lesson gained in my progress.
See, I set my goals in line with my intention of progressing at a sustainable rate and nourishing myself throughout the process. I’ve accomplished a task, given it forward momentum, given it love and form. And now, I can enjoy some Me-Time!
Dear Reader, I ask you, what ways can you improve the quality of your life by reframing your perspective and giving yourself permission to slow down? Take a moment to think about it and you are already well on your way!
Have a Beautiful and Blessed Day,