I love the works of Dr. Seuss.
Luckily, I work with children. And children, without fail, love Dr. Seuss. And even if they don’t speak English, they are just as captivated by the pictures, as I am captivated by the brilliant expression of vocabulary.
Today, I was enjoying Oh, The Places You’ll Go.
I was overwhelmed as I read it to my children, so much so that I went back and sat in a quiet room and read it over again with no one around. Although the entire book is simply brilliant and speaks so beautifully, whether intended or not, of the beautiful ups and downs of a like consumed in Christ, there were three pages that really captured my attention.
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your 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 go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in 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 wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless 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.
With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!
This totally captured my heart.
How many of us find ourselves just waiting in that waiting place?
We wait for someone to come into our life. We wait for the time to be just right and for everything to be in order. We wait because we feel safe. Basically, we wait for everything to be seemingly perfect.
The sad thing is, if we wait for these things, it is likely we will wait forever. And then what? It is likely we will regret having waiting for everything to be Utopian.
We were not made to
wait. Were we made to rest? Were we made to be still?
We were made to rest and be still, however, while simultaneously moving forward.
So what is the answer?
Be radical. Escape the waiting place.
You have a dream? Go for it.
Don’t know how? Ask.
If you are afraid of falling, remember that you can stand up again.
I am convinced that we all have our own (not-so) little cliff in life. The view looks different for each of us, but one thing is the same: It is a long way down. I believe we all have fear when we look out. So much is unknown and there are so many ways in which we can fail. There are many blind spots. It is easy to sit at the top and just wait. We can wait for someone to come along and help us, or we can wait for someone to pave the way- someone to build a bridge for us so that we can have an easy path. We can wait until we have a better view, and nothing is left a mystery.
We can wait. It is an option.
But we were not made to wait. We were made to soar.
Does a baby bird learn to soar by sitting safely in its nest?
I am absolutely confident that the moment we decide to jump off of our cliff, and embrace the unknown, is the moment we learn to soar.