Being Dr. Suess

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I can’t connect right through Zoom or Meet or Teams or …

There isn’t enough budget …

We lost half of our team …

My supervisor is a cold fish … 


Yes, this all sucks. Are these really problems or is it time to accept these limits as facts of life? There is a distinct difference between dwelling on a problem and accepting a fact of life. 


Dwelling on a negative fact of life is an energy vampire.


The clock doesn’t stop ticking and the kids and staff don’t stop needing us no matter how many mental calories we burn in frustration. 


Dr. Suess wrote The Cat in the Hat using only 256 different words. His editor responded by betting him he couldn’t write a book with only 50 words. The result? Green Eggs and Ham. 


Oh, you’re like us and you want the 50 words? Here they are in alphabetical order: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.


By the way, Dr. Suess’s editor never paid up on the bet. 


Sometimes our best creativity comes when we are using scarce resources, and the very people who never appear satisfied or place limits on us may not respond properly. Here again, we do you have a problem or a fact of life? 


The limits we face can make us better once we accept the facts of life. 

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