“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
- Dr. Seuss
I read “Cat In The Hat” constantly when I was younger. Although I was never a child who adored to read, I do remember enjoying the tales of Dr Seuss.
Although I may not choose to read these tales as an adult, I still believe that Dr Seuss was a very wise man who knew a lot about life.
As an example, read the quote I inserted at the top of this article. Read it slowly and really think carefully about the words and the meaning behind it.
Below are two things I have interpreted about the quote.
Reflection Is More Powerful Then You Think…
In the past I have been skeptical about the power of reflection. People always told me about the empowering attributes of reflecting on a decision made from a personal perspective.
It wasn’t until I started journalling my thoughts and feelings that I began to realise the importance of reflection.
In Dr Seuss’s quote he says that we should “smile because it happened.”
For some of us it can be so easy to try to forget something that happened because it may hurt us emotionally. These are often the times when you have to be incredibly humble and modest and just be glad you made the mistake. Seriously.
You should smile because if you didn’t make that mistake you would never have known any different. You should smile because now you are making the world a little richer by being more aware of how your actions may affect others in the future.
But always smile because you mean it, not because you want to make yourself feel better. If you just want the guilt to go away, you should take more time to reflect on why you still feel guilty.
You Can Never Relive A Memorable Experience
I firmly believe that we are the sum of our experiences. We all try to live each day to the fullest and share precious moments with loved ones and close friends.
From time to time we have a memorable experience that we will recount in the years ahead. The problem is too many people think they can replicate this emotional state to try and ease their pain.
People paint over the real world picture, which may in fact be very bleak, with a precious memory of a past experience. I hate to say this so bluntly but you must always accept the reality you face.
You may have been working in a high paid job at one point in your life and now suddenly face making the decision between feeding yourself or feeding your family. The fact is, you must always accept the reality you face and deal with it directly.
But I am curious to know what you think the hidden message was from this Dr Seuss quote. Leave a comment below with your thoughts on it.