“Monday 5 Things”™…..Sam He Is…..

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“Monday 5 Things”™…..Sam He Is…..

 2020 marked the 60th anniversary of ‘Green Eggs and Ham’. I still have a collection of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, books on my bookshelf. With all the negative-rhetoric of late about this most positive-hearted man, I pulled the books off the shelf and re-read them. With no politically correct intent, this morning’s M5T reflects on taking risks by trying something new, through the eyes of Sam.

1. Know who you are.

If you’ve read the book (or maybe had someone read it to you years and years and years ago) have you noticed the other guy didn’t even have a name? Sam knows who he is and knows what he wants. The other guy was nameless in his fear of trying something new. Seussism: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

2. Be Optimistic.

Sam is enthusiastic and perhaps a touch bombastic. He is persistent yet patient. Above all, he is optimistic that his friend would have a changed perspective if he would simply just try something new. Sam also reminds us that it is possible to be positive and optimistic even when it seems like the world is against you. Sam recognizes negativity and cultivates the positive. Seussism: “Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So, get on your way!”

3. Be Creative.

As silly as it may seem, Sam presented opportunities for his friend to try something different in some rather absurd locations. Sam recognizes that a creative life is richer and fuller when new opportunities, curiosity, encounters, exploration, and self-expression are encouraged, embraced and shared. Seussism: “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”

4. Always Ask Questions.

Sam asks a lot of questions – I relate to Sam. “Would you like them here or there? Would you like them in house? Would you like them with a mouse? Would you? Could you?” Questions uncover challenges, fears, and misunderstandings. Good questions keep us engaged and make us think and learn. Questions can lead to the most wonderful ‘aha’ moments in life. Questions show that we care, that we want to listen, and that we want to go deeper with understanding someone else. Questions reveal truths. Seussism: “Sometimes the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.”

5. Try new things.

Be flexible. Look at all the options; even when they seem bizarre and seemingly unappetizing such as green eggs and ham. Overcome your fears, overcome monotony. Getting out of your comfort zone to try new things is a choice, as is changing your thinking. Don’t be resolute in your opinion about something before you have experienced it. Open yourself up to try new things, meet different people, see other cultures, and savor sundry smells and tastes. Seussism: “You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say.”

With one more Seussism, here’s to a week where we might say, “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

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D. Paul Graham is passionate about people, culture, photography and business. He has embraced his wanderlust with his travels around the globe and is at peace with his need for spirited drives in all things automotive.

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