It’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday! In his honor here are some quotes from Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
I feel these quotes are significant to people with ASD as they are empowering. For perfectionist Aspies and Autistics, Dr. Seuss also reminds everything will not always go the way we want, regardless of our own effort. Dr. Seuss speaks of independence, resilience, and courage. I hope you enjoy them!
Dr. Seuss had a wonderful way of inspiring people.
“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 one who’ll decide where to go…”
“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
He also had a way of gently letting us know that things can be difficult at times, and that is alright. We have the strength to get through our challenges, no matter their size.
“You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.”
“Out there things can happen, and frequently do,
To people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew.
Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!”
“I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
can happen to you.”
“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”
“When you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
is not easily done.”
I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.”
“Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind maker-upper to make up his mind”
And once he had reminded us of the challenges we would face. Dr. Seuss would get right back to encouraging us once again.
“Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”
Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help creating positive strategies? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.