Life lessons with Dr. Seuss

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss was the last book that he published before his death.

Still in his top 10 most popular books, “Oh, the Places…” is still sought out to this day by parents, grandparents, and children alike, especially when graduation comes around! 

It follows in the great traditions of books such as “The Power of Positive Thinking,” “Think and Grow Rich,” and “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.” 

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”  

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you.” 

Dr. Seuss shows us, through his renowned whimsical style and fantastical illustrations, a most entertaining (and enlightening) set of rhymes about what we can expect life to be once we are on our own — the excitements and uncertainties, the ups and slumps. 

“Oh, the Places …” speaks frankly about the good and bad of life. 

“And when you are in a slump you are not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”

“And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.” 

The great message of this book is “Keep on going”— something all of us, at any age, needs to be reminded of. As Dr. Seuss puts it, “Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” For good reason, this book remains a favorite!


Ed & Cynthia Justus are the owners of “The Bookstore” in Hanapepe. Info: 335-6469 Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


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