If you don’t have a copy of Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” then you need to get one! It’s basically an abbreviated guide to life. (If you know anyone graduating soon, this is a perfect gift, whatever their age.)
In the middle of the book, he gives a cautionary tale. He warns about “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 phone to ring, or the snow to snow
It goes on about waiting for Friday night, a Better Break, or Another Chance. “Everyone is just waiting.”
Turn the page, and it says:
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.
Boy, do I need to escape that waiting place! RIGHT NOW!
What I especially love about this book is the message of self-acceptance. Don’t all of his books carry that message? He reminds us that:
You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
For me, today, this is a re-commitment to stop waiting. There will never be better time to live today. In regards to alcoholism and addiction, if I wait until I ‘feel better’ or am ‘less stressed’ before I do the steps, it will never happen. For writing, if I wait until I ‘feel inspired’ it will never happen.
Speaking of waiting. There’s a few phone calls that I’ve been putting off. I think I’ll do that now.