Posted By Darlene on April 4, 2016
Welcome to the first post of Motivational Mondays!
I wanted to start this series as a means to encourage others. Not just for couples planning their weddings, but to everyone who needs a little motivation to just go through life. So every Monday, I’ll have tidbits of inspiration and little quotes to carry with us and keep us focused and motivated. Motivated to be our best – to ourselves and to others.
So where am I getting all my quotes and inspiration from? Well…as I said in my previous blog post about this new series, there is a little surprise to where these are all coming from. I recently went to our local book store to pick up a book for my daughter that she needed for school and when I walked in there was this little book, right there in the front, with such a quirky little title I HAD to pick it up. And when I started going through the pages, I instantly connected. Why? Because I had read this person’s stories all my life. Stories filled with creativity, imagination and little lessons for life. And I read this person’s books to my children today. Who is this person? The great doctor himself…DR SEUSS!!
This book is filled with classic Dr. Seuss illustrations and a little SUESS-ISM. Each week, in this series, I will share a new SUESS-ISM and have some conversation about it. So let’s get started with our first Seuss-ism.
Be True To Yourself
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 guy who’ll decide where to go.
~Oh , the Places You’ll Go!
Love this! What a great way to start off the series. Be true to YOU! I’ve given this advice many times to brides and couples planning weddings. I tell them to be true to what they want and the decisions they’ve made. Hey you guys - It’s your wedding. It should reflect you and your personality. Don’t let others’ well meaning – though often unsolicited – advice throw you off from what you want to achieve for your wedding. If you really want to do away with some of the handed down traditions that have no meaning for you…then that’s OK. If you want to have cupcakes instead of cake…then go for it! If you really want to have both parents walk you down the aisle…say so. Stand up for your decisions even if you feel like you’re being the “bad guy.” You’re not being bad guy for speaking your wishes. You’ll end up regretting it later if you silence your wishes and never speak your mind. Especially for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This happens in life, too. We get “lost” in our own lives at times. For example, we are an individual with dreams and goals and passions. We move on to a career. We get married. We have children. We move to a new city. All of these life events add another “identity” to our self and if we’re not careful, they will overload self and self will collapse. When that happens, all of our other identities will fall too. Our self identity must remain true and strong to support all the other roles we take on in life. If we do not really know ourselves, then how can we be true to ourselves? Our foundation will be weak and unstable and our lives will always be rattled by other people or outside circumstances.
Take some time to get to know YOU. Do you really know yourself? Maybe you’ve forgotten who you really are…gotten lost through living life…and you need to get in touch with that person again and find your voice. Dr. Seuss’s words -
You have brains in your head. You’re smart! You are enough!
You have feet in your shoes. You can pursue your dreams.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You can make things happen.
You decide. Where will you go? What will you do? How will you be truer to you?
***Update*** I just read this back and saw that I made a Dr. Seuss rhyme!! Did you see it?? Did you notice it??