Today is Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday, (better known as Dr. Seuss). His wit and wisdom inspire me greatly. When I was teaching I so enjoyed Read Across America Day & week sharing the thoughtful, inspirational messages in his children’s books. Many of them are modern-day fables that show us how to treat others with kindness and respect, no matter how different they may be. I believe that each of us has been created with a uniqueness, much like a snowflake, but with much more intention and purpose.
Over the years, the truth of his words has inspired me. I have found that many of them are based on biblical principles.
I love this quote that’s quite popular today: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
In learning to be kind to others, I must also learn to be kind to myself. Others may also struggle, as I do, with their unique personalities, thoughts and habits.
As negative thoughts and self-talk come into my mind, I stop and remember that I was created for a purpose, a “Super Power,” if you will and equipped to fulfill it. I believe that we all have at least one “Super Power” because I know that we definitely have a purpose in this world.
Dr. Seuss’s “Super Power” was definitely using his words to encourage others to think about life in a silly, but also serious way.
I love his style … a true genius with words. And although there’s only one Dr. Seuss, I believe I might have one or two children’s books in me. I surely hope so.
I was recently asked the question:
What ‘s your “Super Power”?
I had to think about that …. I was an elementary teacher for many years. In looking at the this picture of me as the Cat in the Hat, I know it’s definitely not keeping a neat & tidy desk or classroom ! But teaching kids to believe in themselves while encouraging them reach for the stars is hopefully one of them! I’ve retired from the classroom, but I volunteer in a couple of after-school programs and I really enjoy the interaction with the kids.
I began teaching a Ladies’ Bible study class several years ago, but that is still a #workinprogress as are many other areas such as my writing. (As all good teachers and writers know, becoming better at both is a process that requires lots of practice)
I know I want one of them to be encouraging people, especially women and children, to step into their God-given purpose and fulfill it… to push past fear, walk in faith and do what you’ve been called to do. God has put something on your heart that you feel led to do.
If you step out in faith, He can use it and get the Glory.
If you don’t, He will call someone else to do it but you’ll miss the blessing.
I believe words, both written and spoken, can educate and inspire people.
They have power.
Using them wisely is a challenge.
I want my words to inspire. It’s one of the reasons I started writing.
It’s a calling I’ve felt since I was four or five and “wrote” all kinds of “words” copying the letters from the sales ads that came in the mail. It’s something I had dabbled in before and since retirement but I was “too busy” to write regularly.
I launched this blog almost a year ago during the time of our early lockdown days. I knew it was time to start.
Life is short and I don’t want to live with regrets. I decided to go for it since I wasn’t so busy.
Each day I pray that sharing my struggles through my words would resonate with someone and bring them closer to the God, who created us in such a unique way, with varied abilities, talents, and personalities. He has a plan for using all of those quirks if we’ll let Him.
Having said that, another of my favorite quotes by the good Dr. who, by-the-way, faced much rejection in his early writing career is this one:
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is You-er than You.”
So that’s one of my “Super Powers” and it’s one of yours too.
I am Me; You are You.
God loves You.
He created You to fulfill a unique purpose.
So let me ask you that question, “What’s your “Super Power”?
Here’s another of his quotes I’ll share today:
“Life’s too short to wake up with regrets.
So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason.
If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.
Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
Are you willing to use your “Super Power” to fulfill Your Unique Purpose?
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