Whenever I look for a “wow” status to post on Facebook, (oh, the pressures of social media…) the first person I turn to is Dr Seuss. I know that his quotes are sometimes nonsensical, but I prefer to think of them as a tablespoon of fun with a side serving of meaning.
I was watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy the other day, and the extremely attractive Dr Jackson Avery provided a good example of how Dr Seuss’s stories can be applied in real life situations. Let me offer you some background before I continue.
Grey’s Anatomy, Season 6, Episode 18:
Dr Derek Shepherd (often referred to as McDreamy), who is now Chief of Surgery, hasn’t operated in months, because he has had to deal with so many other things – like paperwork, meetings and other “boss duties”.
Meredith (McDreamy’s wife) has just been told that she will be assisting the stand-in doctor with a very complicated surgery. Meredith is so excited, because only 4th year students usually get to assist with such surgeries, and yet she was chosen.
Long story short – McDreamy decides to do the surgery himself, and chooses a more senior doctor to assist. Let’s just say that Meredith was not happy…
But in comes blue–eyed beauty, Dr Jackson Avery, who gives Meredith a piece of advice that he learnt from Dr Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas:
“Well, the key is to think of yourself as one of the Whos down in Whoville… You know, when the Grinch came down and stole all their presents, they didn’t let that ruin Christmas for them. You know? Instead they came out on Christmas morning, and they sang. You’re gonna go into that surgery and you’re gonna sing. Sing, Cindy Lou, sing!”
Hearing that, I realised that Dr Seuss is like Ghandi, Deepak Chopra and Oprah, but for the tiny humans (children).
With different lessons in each of his fun-filled stories, Dr Seuss teaches us:
- How to use our imaginations
- The importance of the environment
- The importance of keeping an open mind
And these are just a few of Dr Seuss’s life lessons. So whenever you are looking for a tablespoon of fun with a side serving of meaning, turn to Dr Seuss.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr Seuss