Mar 2, 2011

Dr. Seuss Wisdom

Today is Dr. Seuss's birthday. The man was a genius with words and pictures I think. He also had some very wise things to say in middle of all that fun word scrambling and story telling.

Here is my favorite quote:
"Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you'er than you."

Hunter wanted to take pictures of me. Usually I just delete them after he's had his fun. Usually I am much more comfortable behind the camera than as the subject. This time I let him take what he wanted. Here is what he got.
Here is a deep dark secret. I dress up everyday and put on makeup and almost never go out without some flare (ie, funky necklaces and earrings). I am careful with my clothing and no one will EVER see me in sloppy tee's or sweats in public. I try to stay thin. I deep down think that I am rather plain and have awkward places on my body. That I am not a natural beauty, but that if I cover up enough or enhance enough, then I can "fake" it. I must secretly believe that only people who are attractive are taken seriously in life as having something to offer. It's a terrible thought to admit out loud. But in the deepest recesses, I must partly believe this is true...at least about myself. Which is ironic, because I don't hold that view about others and their appearance.
On the other hand, those things, my personal style and flair is what makes me, me. I am an extremely creative soul. Art and beauty are often avenues through which God speaks to me. It makes me soar. It calls to me. It's what I love. I love art, pretty things, creating and artistically arranging things together. Sometimes my style is my personal paint pallet. I just need to be sure that I am dressing because that is what I love and how God designed me to function and that is who I am, not because I am dressing to cover up. As Dr. Seuss says,

"Be who you are, and say what you feel. Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
Sometimes, sometimes, I wear things that are just a bit "off" or funky, just because I personally love it. Some people compliment it, some people must wonder if I'm slightly off my "rocker". It's in those moments, when I truly don't care and dress for the love of the style, that I know I really have risen above dressing out of self-doubt.

Wasn't this Adam and Eve's first act after eating the fruit? They covered up because they saw shame in themselves. Do we not all project to an extent a persona (be it in style or personality) so that we do not expose our deeper shameful core? May we all get better at being honest, open and humble about our true selves. I believe it is only through honest exposure that one can grow in life.

The mirror. The dreaded mirror. I stand in front of it every morning making myself presentable for the day. How often do I shine a mirror on the deeper recesses of my soul? Or do I shy away and use the morning ritual routine as a cover up to present a persona that doesn't match the inside of me?

Children love a mirror, by the way. They have not learned enough about conformity to a social norm or enough about shame to be afraid of it yet. When they look in the mirror, they truly are who they are. Children ARE born very egotistical, however, so they delight in admiring themselves in a mirror. Every one of my children are gathered around this mirror with me hoping to get in the shot.
Anyhow, enough deep thoughts about being on the other side of the camera. I decided it didn't matter what I looked like and Tessa was fussing for me so I ended up holding her while Hunter was taking pictures.
And why not hold her? As the good Dr. says,
"I'm glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song. Seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone."
I love kissing her squishy part just below her ear. Usually it tickles her and makes her laugh.
"Look at me, look at me, look at me now! It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!"
- The Cat in the Hat
I'm having fun, but the verdict is still out on Tessa. Ha!
Now she's laughing. She loved being dipped!
"A person's a person, no matter how small!" -Horton Hears a Who
"Today was good, today was fun. Tomorrow is another one."

The man had some very quoteable quotes. Which were perfect for today's post. However, one has to wonder about a man who said,

"In my world everyone's a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies."

Yep. He said that too. Maybe one can't make deep theological statements from everything he said. Afterall, he's known for being somewhat wackadoodle.

3 comments:

  1. I love you, beautiful sister. I love your heart.

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  2. You are beautiful and I love your style! Hunter does VERY well with the camera. I think you've got a photographer on your hands!

    It makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one who puts make-up on each and every day of the week. You hit me between the eyes when you said that you must secretly believe that only attractive people are taken seriously. I know the feeling all too well and that's real reason as to why I get dressed up and put make-up on each day. I really enjoyed this post!

    Thank you for your sweet comments. Yes, it is fun to have a friend in blog land and I agree, I like the people who write back =D The ones with hundreds of followers and comments miss the whole personal touch thing.

    Happy Thursday!

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  3. The second photo in this post is amazing! I think it's my favorite photo of you ever. I went back to look at it several times. You look wonderful and Hunter did a great job photographing you.

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