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The simple words of the wise Dr. Friday August 19, 2016

When some people are in a reflective or spiritual mood they go to the bible, classical philosophers, the modern philosophers or they Google quotations. For me I go to that wonderful wise doctor, Dr Seuss. His words and rhyme always make me smile and think. The simplicity of the words and the wisdom implied just makes me feel better.

The following is one quote that I can really relate to and try to live up to every day.

"Today you are You, that is truer than true.

There is no one alive who is Youer than You" Dr Seuss

The amazing, real, unique, individuality of you should be admired every second!

Loving who we are is a key lesson from Dr. Seuss. There is no one else like you, anywhere in the galaxy. That means you are a very special person.

I love those words youer than you, so simple yet so forceful. How often do we read about ways to change ourselves to make us fitter, cleverer, kinder, more assertive, calmer, more organized etc. Of course it is important to be the best while being true to our real selves.

Being youer than you when we are constantly bombarded with advice can be hard and at times I know I doubt myself and get so confused I lose being youer than you.

Dr. Seuss shows us we must be our true selves. We must recognize our imperfections and accept our real selves.

"Those who mind don't matter, those who matter don't mind" Dr Seuss

In the above quote Dr Seuss shows us we should not worry what other people think of us because if they matter they will accept our imperfections, they don't mind and if they mind and want to complain and criticize us they don't matter.

This quote below fills me with childish enthusiasm.

"I've heard there are troubles of more than one kind; some come from ahead, and some come from behind.

But I've brought a big bat.

I'm already, you see; now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!" Dr. Seuss

I like the vision of getting a big bat - mine would be bright purple and have a very large surface area to shoo those troubles away. It is a childish thought but it is full of bravery and confidence which is why it appeals to me.

So how do you try to be Youer than you?

Do you agree that 'Those who mind don't matter, those who matter don't mind"?

What sort of bat would you use to take on your troubles?

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Lou Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 6:51am

Thanks for such a great post Leah; much food for thought.

'Those who mind don't matter, those who matter don't mind'

It is said that you can tell a lot about a person by their friends. I am lucky enough to have a few wonderful friends which, based on the above, means I can't be as awful as my depression Gremlin likes to tell me I am, can I?!

I love the idea of taking a bat to my troubles; I'll have a baseball bat and give 'em a good wallop!

Thanks for starting my day with a smile and something to think about.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 8:32am

Lou, Thanks Lou for your kind words. A nice way to wind down my day.

Belinda Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 7:06am

Absolutely delightful Leah. Yesterday was such an awful day for me. It would have been lovely to have had this yesterday, but maybe I can appreciate this better today. Thank you.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 8:33am

Belinda, sorry you had an awful day. Maybe next time you have a less than wonderful day it may help you as well.Thanks for your comments.

patricia Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 7:22am

Leah I have fly squatters yes lots in different parts of the room this time of the year. My daughter said oh! mum get me one she hates flies, I bought her a couple, the lovely Jenny who does my Shiatsu at Mind saw them sticking out of my shopping bag said what a good idea so I gave her one.
My daughter took her retriever for a walk (with her fly squatter) sat on a bench reading she said it was good to be able to shove the flies away, she is tempted to take one with her when she goes running. I bought her another one which her lovely little James (just 3 years old) is now running around learn the art of squatting. So if you happen to be in Devon and see two mad women and a little boy with fly squatters don't be alarmed.
I've just finished writing all your Dr. Seuss quotes down in my little black book, loved your blog.
Thank you Leah, have a good day, everybody.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 8:36am

Patricia, Thanks for your story. Now when I see a fly squatter I will smile and think of you.

Anonymous Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 7:45am

Whilst I don't have a metaphorical bat, like you Leah, I often turn to poetry for inspiration. Dr Seuss has a way of putting things succinctly. I think his words from 'Oh, the Places You Go', builds on Moodscopers' comments yesterday in response to Fiona's blog about the overwhelming prospect of moving house: "If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along and you'll start happening too". I hope this helps.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 8:37am

Anon, Thanks for your comments and reminding me about more Dr Seuss quotes.At my nephews's wedding years ago, they quoted from Oh the places you go. The first wedding I had been to that quoted Dr Seuss and not the bible.

LillyPet Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 8:04am

Hi Leah I love the fun and positivity of your message! I love even more that rather than feeling stuck with or that I SHOULD accept my troubles I can bat them away! I might go for a rounders bat. I used to love rounders as a kid, there's something very satisfying about making a solid connection with the ball watching it fly far away, and running your little heart out full of the sheer joy of scoring a rounder! :)
I had no idea Dr Zeus was so clever!
A very timely blog for me Leah, I'm going to swing that rounders bat like an Olympian! :)) and bat my troubles away, feeling confident, strong and joyful that those who mind don't matter because Dr Zeus said so and he is very wise! :)
Thank you so much for such an uplifting blog Leah. Love to all LP xx

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 8:39am

Lilypet, The positivity is all Dr Seuss. Thanks so much for comment.

Orangeblossom Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 8:06am

Thanks for this Blog Leah. Retaining hope in the midst of flatness of mood is very essential to me. Also self-acceptance is difficult to maintain, I find it a very allusive state of mind to maintain.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 8:40am

Orangeblossom, Thanks for you comments. Self acceptance to me is a lifelong project not something I can maintain but something I work at.

LillyPet Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 8:23am

.... and having slogged all my troubles away I could be me meer than me! No need for anger. I can love myself, loving caring kind joyful and a confident, determined, strong protector of my wellbeing and of those who matter.. I'll keep this in my notes Leah, you have given me the gift of hope. Much love. LP xx

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 8:45am

Lilypet, While you are youer than you I will be meer than me we can be uniquer than unique we spread more joyer than joy and be happy all day long for now I belong to the the world of moodscope which gives us all hope!! Ok lesson 202, leave the wisdom to Dr Seuss or Dr Zeus( love that name, hoping it was intentional).

Hopeful One Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 9:05am

Hi Leah- an enjoyable and perceptive blog. 'So how do you try to be Youer than you?'. For me remind myself not to discount the positives in my day and to ask 'Am I loving myself enough' which is when the ANTS and Nuts get in.

Happy to share this laugh with fellow Moodscopers to set up the day with a squirt of endorphin.

After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all
the way home in the back seat of the car.
His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy
replied, "That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian
Home, and I wanted to stay with you guys."

Tutti Frutti Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 9:36am

Hopeful one, please can you explain what you mean by ANTS and Nuts? Thanks TF x

Tutti Frutti Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 9:37am

PS I like today's joke!

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:01am

Tutti, I used to know what they mean- think they are an acronym.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:01am

Hopeful one, I do like the joke too.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:02am

Hopeful one, I do like the joke too.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:02am

Hopeful One, Thanks for your comment and your sound advice.

Hopeful One Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:35am

Hi TF and Leah - ANTS = Automatic Negative Thoughts. NUTs =Negative Unconscious Thoughts. They basically describe the same thing but each is attributed to a different psychologist. This is the thought pattern that Is waiting in the wings and to be kept under a tight reign . It is also the dominant thought pattern in a typical depression. Thank you for appreciating my little joke.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 1:33pm

Thanks Hopeful. I can not remember acronyms or I muddle them up. easier for me to remember the whole saying!!

Tutti Frutti Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 7:18pm

Thanks for the explanation HO. I generally do enjoy your jokes by the way but don't always get the time to comment. TF x

Wyvern Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 9:41am

Oh, yeah, I'll go for the rounders bat too... except we called it a piggy stick. Whack the trouble and then sprint all the way round the bases, fabulous imagery!
Being me-er than me ... yeah, I'm learning all about that too. First of all, I'm thinking about what I really want before I decide to go along with what others want ... instead of the other way round and ending up doing lots of things that others wish, and not the things that I want.
Minding and not mattering ... I can't quite go with this one, as I have a dear son who minds rather a lot, but to me he matters greatly.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:04am

Wyvern, Thanks for your insight into the quotes, It is always interesting as to how people react to different sayings.

Andrew Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 9:47am

Hi Leah - I admit only to knowing of Dr Seuss - never really read any. But I will now! I love the simplicity of the words, the song of the rhyme, and the depth of the meaning.... FOMO has attacked (Fear of missing out), as I have clearly been missing out on this one....
Thank you for the 'Those who mind don't matter, those who matter don't mind' quote also.....this for me has to be THE HARDEST one to assimilate. So bound up in feelings of 'what will people think?'....(people who don't really matter that is)
Simple words, deep meanings, great life lessons. Thank you for sharing!

Tutti Frutti Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 9:55am

Andrew Agree about it being really difficult not to worry about what others think. Also I left a late comment for you on yesterday's blog. TF x

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:06am

Andrew, Thanks for your comment. I also worry about what others think and struggle with it. PS I do know about FOMO- I even wrote a blog about it a while ago!!

Tutti Frutti Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 9:51am

Leah Thanks for a lovely read. It's a while since I read Dr S with my daughter so I had forgotten quite how cool he is.

Several of you seem to keep notebooks of inspiring quotes. I've heard this suggested before and it seems a good idea but I find myself reluctant to start. I think I am afraid that the quotes which mean something when I am OK will just seem meaningless when I am really down. Do others find the quotes work as a pick me up. When do you manage to use them is it just in minor dips or does it help you when you are really down as well? Does anything work to calm you down on the manic side? Advice gratefully received. Thanks all. TF x

Wyvern Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 10:14am

I find that the quotes that mean something when I write them down nearly always continue to mean something no matter what. Sometimes I find that I can't read certain quotes without an outbreak of some emotion or other, like at the moment as I am grieving the death of my beloved father (says she, welling up as she types, hey ho that's life!) I can't read stuff about fathers as in some ways it means too much. When I am down is the very time I read most of my quotes. I mentioned one the other day: Never compare your weaknesses to other people's strengths. This is one that I particularly remind myself about when I am feeling rubbish. I also have cards and letters that lovely people have sent me over time, and I read their loving messages to remind me that some people at least think I'm lovely, even if I find it hard to agree sometimes.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:09am

Tutti Frutti Thanks for your fascinating question. I have a book of quotes and refer to them when I need inspiration in my writing or in life.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:10am

Wyvern, Thanks for replying to Tutti Frutti. I also have cards and letters I reread when I need a lift.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:14am

Tutti Forgot to say great to see your name again. I had missed your comments for a while. Take care.

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 1:34pm

Wyvern...sorry you have lost your dear father. Whilst you are missing him, remember all the fun and loving tinge about him or that you did together - that will keep his memory alive in you. Biggest Bear hugs xxx

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 1:35pm

Oops...things not tinge! Flipping 'eck, soz x

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 1:42pm

Hi Bear, once again you are so sweet and think of others.xx

Wyvern Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 1:48pm

Thank you Bear. I have many great memories including our shared love of classical music and science :-)

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 6:35pm

As I am a Bear of....I don't do much science, but I love classical music...put some of his favourites that you both enjoyed, on a tape, disc or I player thingy know what I mean, and play the beautiful music and feel him surround you - more huge, Bear x

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 6:36pm

No, not huge!!! Hugs!!!! Stop auto correcting this liddle Bear!

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 10:32pm

Wyvern, My dad died over 9 years ago and I can look at a photo with his messy writing on the back and start to cry. I think it is great to have a shared loved that becomes a great memory. Dad and I shared a love books and quirky facts.

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 10:34pm

Bear, If I corrected all my typos I would have time to comment!! I like it when voice to text makes a new word or something funny.

Tutti Frutti Sat, Aug 20th 2016 @ 9:06am

Thanks to all who replied to me. Sorry for my silence afterwards I was just about to arrive at work when I posted and it was a pretty long day. Wyvern I am really touched that you shared such emotional stuff with me. I hope you are now feeling back on an even keel and I would like to thank Leah and Bear for stepping in with the TLC when it was needed. Here is another rather belated hug from me. I think from what you say I will take the leap and start writing quotes down (I feel a pretty notebook coming on) starting with today's Dr S ones and your one's about comparisons/other people's strengths. Leah Very sweet of you to miss me and it took me a few days to catch up. I was just on holiday and out of internet access. Sorry if I worried anyone by not telling you in advance. Love TF x

Leah Sat, Aug 20th 2016 @ 9:17am

TF, Not worried, glad you had a holiday. I suppose I am slow and then realise I havent seen a name when I see it again. If that makes sense!! I have a collection of pretty notebooks and cheap exercise books. Take care

Mary Wednesday Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 9:57am

Lovely words. Thank you. I also like the line, attributed to Oscar Wilde, "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:11am

Thanks Mary. That is a quote I use a lot and even sell a card with it on ion my shop.

Tutti Frutti Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 9:59am

PS I immediately thought of a living bat swooping towards my troubles in a spooky way. This makes me laugh which has to be good for warding off troubles. Love TF x

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 11:12am

ps Tutti- living bats- well we have just had about 120,000 bats removed from a swampland 10km away- so not a favourite of mine!!!

Tutti Frutti Sat, Aug 20th 2016 @ 9:07am

Oh dear stick to the purple bat!

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 1:42pm

Leah, a brilliogs blog yet again. I loved Dr. Seuss as a child although we didn't get to see many of his books at our primary school....brings back great memories, thank you! I like to watch The
Grinch who stole Christmas...hilarious!
Husband and daughter often think I'm barking mad as I start putting Dr. Seuss quotes into the middle of my sentences...
'do you like this, Bear?'

'I do not like it, Sam I am, I do not like green eggs and ham!' Then I often carry on with my own version!!

To the other batty peeps....mine would be a rounders bat too - only because I can't play cricket...mind you, the cricket bat is wider so I'd hit more things!!
Happy Friday, all and Bear hugs to those in need of one xxx

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 1:44pm

Bear, Thanks for your comment. Have you ever read Dr Seuss's adult book - the 7 lady godivas??

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 6:37pm

No I haven't...but I will! Thankees, Leah!

The Gardener Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 6:07pm

Bear - join the club of barking mad. I'm always quoting - or find that a blog only resonates with some book or programme yonks back. Joyce Grenfell's take offs of the foibles of human nature are priceless - Bertie Wooster - got himself engaged yet again to a forceful female - discussing Bertie as they walk through Mayfair ' Bertie needs this' improving, education, less of the Drones club etc - Bertie, 'no I don't' - continued to improve him - Jeeves got him out, of course. Serious digressing - life getting terribly difficult - rapid downhill - disturbed at night, Mr G disturbs any siesta - no ideas he as eaten, and demands dinner straight after lunch. But, I digress, as usual. The bat idea is lovely - but not for me, damage to property and people unthinkable. I use the equivalent of a squegee - start a clearance in a room, kitchen, office, bedroom - clearing as I go - if I get fed up or disturbed at least there is something to show for my labours. Back to bear and quotes - I have about 6 friends who virtually communicate in quotations - seen, rightly, by sensible peeps as frightful intellectual snobs. Oscar Wilde really said it all, didn't he. TF - during decades of diary keeping I always wonder why a particular day has 'Lithunian independence'. Who chooses this stuff? Tear-off calendars are full of little homilies - sometimes too near the bone for the day. The year I took my BA finals we had New Year in Rome - my horoscope said my brain would be in fine fettle that year - it was, that degree led to a Masters which led to 20 years marvellous poking about in archives and writing. From my 1929 amlamack. Elderly couple admiring man skinning rabbit. 'You must be an admirable cook'. No, I'm the tax collector'.

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 6:42pm

Hi TG! Lurved Joyce Grenfell...saw her last week in one of the St. Trinian films...classic!! And Bertie Wooster and Jeeves! Such fun! Wow and wow again, have amazed us all with how much you have packed into your life...and I'm sure there's plenty more to come and plenty to share with us. I, like many others, feel saddened to hear what you go through hourly and daily. You have such strength. You have the admiration of us Moodscope peeps - with Bear hugs xxxxx

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 10:39pm

Gradener, Your reply is like a wonderful fruit cake that has so so many delcisious ingredients that I dont know where to start! I too like Joyce Grenfell- Neville don't do that- loved her one person plays set in a preschool. Absolutely priceless even today. I have read her autobiography as well. Your mind is like a well ordered library and I never know what treasured 'book' you will get out and share. Hope you are keep on keeping on Leah xx

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 10:39pm

oops Gardener- cant blame auto correct just my brain going faster than my fingers!!

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 10:41pm

Bear Every few years Wodehouse becomes popular again and people want his books. If I have lots of his books no one wants them, if I have none people want to read them!!Such is life. So glad to see your commenst again- always miss your compassionate and fun comments. xx

Tutti Frutti Sat, Aug 20th 2016 @ 9:10am

Thanks Gardener I agree they put some very strange things on calendars and I absolutely love PG Wodehouse. Love TF x

Leah Sat, Aug 20th 2016 @ 9:35am

TF I love to find quirky facts on old calenders which is why I find them hard to throw out- thats another story.

Leah Sat, Aug 20th 2016 @ 9:37am

calendars- oops , those fingers are too slow.!!

Leah Fri, Aug 19th 2016 @ 10:47pm

Thanks everyone for commenting and reading, it means a lot to me. I love reading how moodscopers respond to a blog bringing their own unique ideas and experiences.
As always it is never too late to reply as I look at the blog for a few days incase people have read it later.
remember noone is youer than you!

Jul Sun, Aug 21st 2016 @ 9:54pm

Hi Leah. I have been away so am catching up on stuff. I had forgotten about Dr Seuss so thank you for reminding me. I have to tell myself often to be you er than you or me er than me. It's lovely to think of myself as unique and I know that's true deep down in a logical way but have difficulty seeing myself in such a positive light. I shall think about this. I am not sure what bat I would use to bat away my troubles.Lovely blog Leah. Jul xxx

Leah Mon, Aug 22nd 2016 @ 9:22am

Thanks Jul for your thoughtful reply.
I am so glad you took the time. I dont think you have to think too deeply about Dr Seuss that is the beauty. His words and ideas are plain and simple.

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