I sometimes get asked, as one does, for a list of my favourite books of all time. The one I’m about to share with you may not get into even the top 1000 of the most absorbing, entertaining or stimulating books. However, it’s right up there as a simple encapsulation of life wisdom. Moreover – without question – it is the most surprising source of such guidance ever.
If I told you that this gem was penned by Dr Seuss you’d probably doubt my sanity.
So, the cat is out of the hat, if you’ll excuse the expression. The book’s title is Oh, the Places You’ll Go! True to form, it has all the typically crazy pictures and delightfully rhythmical text that just begs to be read aloud.
As you read it you may recognise some of your own experiences. I’m tempted to quote selected lines, but that – I’ve decided – just wouldn’t do the book justice. I’ll simply leave you with the first two pages:
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.”
Buy it for yourself. Buy dozens of copies to give away to friends. Make sure you read it aloud.