Sunday, December 18, 2011

Oh The Places You'll Go

I took the liberty of re-reading some earlier posts. Some might say I am obsessed with reminiscing about what happened last year, or two years ago, or even 6 years ago. I am fascinated with how fast life  changes. This was a concept that I never understood in high school, but now it seems like life is flashing past at lightening speed. It seems like just yesterday I was entering college and making up crazy dances with my dearest roommates, then I was a young 20 year old preparing to travel to the foreign and "dangerous" land of Kunming, China to "find myself." All of a sudden I found myself repelling down canyons and surviving in the desert during Spring Summit. I quickly scurried off to Changzhou, China for a second go around in the communist country. I blinked and all of a sudden I graduated from college, moved to Hawai'i, moved to Utah, got 99% of my belongings stolen, moved across the country to the foreign land of Ohio, started a career, felt completely inadequate at my career, was called as the relief society president, received word that my car was recovered, became more comfortable at my job, picked up what was left of my belongings, was released as relief society president.
Despite the ups and downs and the mountains that I have had to climb while moving to Cleveland, I am amazed at the blessings that have come to me as I continue to follow the path the Lord has for my life. On February 22, 2012 I will celebrate my 5 year anniversary of taking that first twist in the path and getting on that plane to Kunming, China. I will also celebrate the 1 year anniversary of moving to Cleveland, Ohio. I'm not kidding when I say that A LOT has happened in the past year and I feel like a completely different person. Dr. Suess best sums up this concept in his book "Oh the Places You'll Go." I recently read it and it is amazing how wise that Dr. Suess was. This is defenitely a book that should be on the shelf of every high school graduate. I know it is going to make this post really long but I am going to put down the words because everyone can relate to this poem, no matter what experiences we have been through, or where each of us is on our journey of life. 
Today is your day,
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains, and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

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


You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sites!
You'll join the high fliers!
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to says so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lunch
wuth an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're dark.
A place that could sprain both elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you should go in,should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quaters? Or maybe not quite?
Or go around and back and sneak from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long and wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most usless place

The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where boom bands are playing.

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not.
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, theres a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the whether be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though you arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike.
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many stray birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with you left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent garanteed!)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Alenn O'Shea
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So... get on your way!

1 comment:

  1. i just heard the other day that the number 1 gift poeple give to graduates is this book! I can see why too, its a great one and depicts life so well. thanks for posting it, I was able to relate what is talks about waiting for something to come, I've been feeling that way latley. We need to chat soon. Glad to hear the last year has been a good one for you.