Dr. Seuss at My Funeral

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Dr Seuss at My Funeral

I have two requests for my funeral.  One is that they play my favorite disco song, Heaven Must be Missin and Angel, (which isn’t meant to say anything about where I think I will be at the time of my funeral, although I can see how it would be hard not to make a connection) and the other is for someone to read aloud, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, by Dr. Seuss.

I love the message of this book because it’s about working through difficulty, expecting hard times, and challenging the negative stuff in your head that stops you from achieving your goals. Do you have a deep desire to do something, change something, take on a goal, but you don’t believe you have what it takes to achieve it? Dr. Suess tells us: “I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ’cause you’ll play against you.”

Games you can’t win…

cause you play against you…

Do you ever feel like self-doubt is this ninja saboteur, always ready to pounce on your hopes and dreams of wanting more for yourself? When you want to improve your health, or any aspect of your life, you have to own it in your head and heart. To own the identity, you have to believe you’re capable of making it happen.  Before any outward signs appear, in your mind, you’re already there. The process, not a number on the scale or the miles you’ve covered, defines you.

There isn’t anything special about people who have already accomplished what it is you want to accomplish. They don’t have a magic chip inside them that God didn’t give to you because he likes them more; they just believe it is so, and so, it is.  You have an ample supply of all that you need waiting inside you to do, or to be, what you choose.

The last lines of this amazing book:

“And will you succeed?

Yes!  You will, indeed!

(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)


“So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray,

or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,

your off to Great Places! 

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.

So…get on your way!”