Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches is a favorite of ours.
The story is about two different kinds of Sneetches. One with stars on their bellies and sneetches with none upon thars.
They are bamboozled (don’t get to break that one out much) into getting stars added and removed from their stomachs in a race to see which kind of Sneetches are the best.
Like all my favorite Dr. Seuss books, this story illustrates an important life lesson while being silly and whimsical (bamboozled and whimsical in the same email, wow).
At first blush, I thought the lesson was about not looking down on others because they are different than you.
And while I think that lesson can be gathered from this story, there is a potentially more important one.
Don’t let someone else tell you that because you don’t have a “star” that you are anything less.
The really sad part of the story was that each group in turn accepted the other group’s labeling of them as “less than” or some version of that.
When we accept those thoughts and labels that others place on us we actually do become “less than” we are capable of being.
I think Thomas Jefferson said it best:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Remember today to not accept the limitations any else places on you.
Make it a great day.
Originally sent on 5/15/13