Dr. Dianne Baer PhD, LPC, CMHC, DCC
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|Posted on March 7, 2013 at 3:56 AM|
I just love the wit and wisdom of Dr. Seuss. This one just really hit me recently because it reminds me of how so many of us go through our lives in worry of what others think. Growing up in the deep South, I was painfully aware of what was expected of me. It seems that I spent much of my time and energy as I grew up through junior high, high school and college consumed with the opinion of others. Looking back I see how senseless that was.
I had learned the skills for saying what I was thinking and feeling, usually with a twist of sarcasm. That only works well with the few people who know you well enough to "get" your sarcasm. Those people would fall into Dr. Seuss' category of those who matter and don't mind. True friends. People that can offer unconditional acceptance.
I think perhaps the most important idea in this quote is to just "be who you are." We grow up as someone's daughter or son, then become someone's wife or husband and then move right on into the expectations that come with becoming a mother or father. Over the last few years, I have been fortunate to finally be comfortable with who I AM. This acceptance of ourselves can be the key ingredient to improving our mental health and quality of life. I have learned these things about myself and basically accepted them...at least most of the time. How about you? What are you doing on a daily basis to be true to yourself (and Dr. Seuss) to be who you really are?
So, Dr. Seuss, I salute you and will try to remember your wisdom in the days ahead! You should try this exercise too.
Make a list that begins, "I am...." and see what YOU come up with!
Categories: Things to remember