Came across this old post and thought it was worth sending again:
Last night Maggie picked one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books, “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are”. That led to another Dr. Seuss inspired email.
Here is the quote to start the book:
“When I was quite young and quite small for my size, I met an old man in the Desert of Drize. And he sang me a song I will never forget, at least, well, I haven’t forgotten it yet. He sat in a terribly prickly place, but he sang with a sunny sweet smile on his face…”
“When you think things are bad, when you feel sour and blue, when you start to get mad… You should do what I do! Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky! Some people are much more…Oh, ever so much more…Oh, muchly much-much more unlucky than you!”
The book is another classic example of Dr. Seuss. Only by being absurd and entertaining can he so pointedly remind us all that we are truly lucky.
No matter how bad you may think you have it at any given point, you are truly lucky.
But this isn’t an exercise in sending everyone on a guilt trip…..
When I am reminded of how lucky I am, I become more motivated to do something with it. I become even more focused on using what I have in order to make the biggest difference I can in the lives of others.
For whatever reason, we are the lucky ones. It is our job to do something about it. It is our job to help others move into the lucky column.
And like my email on the 51% rule, this one is the same. The good guys have already won. More people in this world fall into the lucky column than the unlucky one. All we have to do is find the unlucky ones and help them move to the lucky side.
And if you would like to hear the whole book (which I highly recommend), here is a link to hear John Cleese reading it:
Can’t believe it is Monday already…..here is to another great week.