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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dr. Seuss Wisdom.

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
-Dr. Seuss

(If you don't know who Dr. Seuss was and want to know click on his name above).

James: I really like that quote. In other words, enjoy the moment. This quote speaks so much to me of the wisdom of being mindful at all times so that I can enjoy the happy times but also be thankful for the not so happy ones because they have taught me a valueable lesson that will most likely help me avoid some suffering in the future. As well as help lighten my karmic load. It's not always easy to see it that clearly but that is why I practice.

I find that in knowing all is impermanent I tend to savor things more and feel more prepared for those inevitable changes to come that might not be seen by my ego-mind as "enjoyable." It has helped me learn to deal with my fear of death and now I am prepared to die, whenever that present moment is born. That is because I stopped worrying about when or how it will happen and instead focused on being in the moment, being the moment and enjoying life to its fullest. So that death has just become simply another moment in the filmstrip of my karmic movie.

I tend to be a bit of a worrier and when you worry you lose out on a lot of life and before you know it you can worry your life away and miss precious opportunities to practice the Dharma in this precious life. I do my best to live life without regrets and to be happy to just be apart of this grand project we call this moment, this existence and this essence. So when my passing from this life to the next occurs I'm be able to "smile that it happened" as the sagely Dr. Seuss advises like a Zen master offering up a koan.

~Peace to all beings~

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18 comments: said...

Nice. I literally just got done reading The Lorax to my daughter before bed.

Paul said...

Haha, I read my little boy Cat In The Hat so many times I literally didn't need the book any more. I could recite it all from memory....

But James, once again an outstanding post that inspires me.

I used to be a worrier, I still am on a large scale but I have learnt things in life. Life is too short! You can apply that to many things. I am trying to use it as a mantra for events in my life. Car breaks down and I get stressed, I jsut think 'life is too short' and I can then calm my mind down. I can rationalise with it that these things happen and I can call CAA (Canadaian version of AAA) and at some point in the next hour I'll be on my way home. I could stress about it or I could go to Chapters (book store) if there is one near by and browse the books and get some coffee. Me Time!

The Rambling Taoist said...

Sage words of advice. Now, I'll have to go and worry about them. :)

Uku said...

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
-Dr. Seuss

Marvellous! :)

Thank you, James

Twisted Branch said...

Well James, it's a nice idea, and although they may be wise words by the amazing Dr. Seuss. It is not a koan. A koan is a question that cannot be answered by the logic of the brain. Thus, forcing it (the conditioned mind) to surrender. Allowing the enlightened mind or true nature to spontaneously arise.

I also enjoy studying Buddhism, I have studied under Ajahn Varasak of the Thai Forrest Tradition. This is Therevada Buddhism, and is a wonderful lineage to learn the fundamentals. Buddhism always remained elusive to me until I began studying these teachings. For more info go to my blog or E-mail.

Stacy said...

I, too, am a worrier. It's strange because I never used to worry until about 5 years ago. Living in the moment is something I struggle with, but I'm getting better at it every day.

Thanks for the great blog, I only know a little about Buddhism, but have recently made the conscious decision to find inner peace, so I will be back here often.

Take care,

Barry said...

I like how the image shows that all the balloons are moving in the same direction! It's not just me. We do this together!

They call him James Ure said...

Chasing Sanity:

Great book.


Thank-you. I like your mantra and you're right that life is too short. It's meant to be lived not spent gnawing on my fingernails.

Rambling Taoist:

Yeah no kidding. I'll probably start worrying about how not to worry. Ha!!


You're very welcome. I thought it was a great quote and great advise so wanted to share. :)

Twisted Branch:

Yeah I know it's not a traditional koan but it kind of sounded like a koan in a way. I guess I should have framed it better in that context.


You'll always have a place to meditate here. I hope that you find the path meant for you in this time and place. If it happens to be Buddhism then I think you'll find it a beautiful and helpful one. :) I bow to you...


Yeah that's cool. I didn't notice that until you pointed it out. I chose it because of the overall idea of traveling, like traveling the path of the Dharma.

St.John said...

Good post James. Sage wisdom that comes from outside Buddhist texts is always appreciated.

release_in_extremity said...

hey stacy,
as someone who worries more than i'd like to, i can tell you that meditation and buddhist ideas are very helpful. my cousin also does meditation and finds it to be centering and to reduce anxiety. hope you enjoy the practice.

Stacy said...

James & Rooster,
Thanks so much for your words. The more I have learned about Buddhism in the past few days, the more I feel that I am heading down that path.


Alice said...

Every time I catch myself worrying, I remember to come back to my body and take a few deep breaths...amazing how it usually is enough to re-set my frame of's like when the Dog Whisperer goes "Pssst!!!"

keva said...

I've always thought the best book to keep you in the moment is Fox in Socks. You must be very mindful of your tongue ......

Of course Green Eggs and Ham has the lesson of not fearing the unknown - Just let it happen and deal with it as it happens - you may learn something from the experience.

Angela said...

Great post. Right now, going through my divorce, I have hard time being glad that it happened. I know that I learned/am learning alot from this experience however.

I am slowly learning to let go of resentment and be present and enjoy each moment. I've always been one that hangs on to the past and worries about the future. The more I try to follow the Buddhist teachings, the easier it is to let go. And it is helping me to reconnect to people in my past.

Letting go of resentment has truly set me free.

I appreciate your blog and all it has taught me in a short time.

Anonymous said...

That quote is very good. It reminds me of how often we use the law of impermanence and the suffering of change in a bad way, that cause us more suffering.
For example, when some situation is changing (it will happen eventually), we don't want it to change; and if some situation isn't change for now, we don't want it to stay, we want it to change into something else. Thus we cause us to suffer either way.
The good view would be similar what is stated by Dr.Seuss. When something happening, changing, be happy, because it is something new, and if it isn't changing yet, be happy, because you know the situation and you can experience it deeper, and learn from it.
Be good, all of you...


_Eiehua said...

Thank you very much for this post!
Living in the moment is something I struggle with daily! Being mindful and allowing yourself to live in the moment is such a difficult thing. I think I might just be one of those people who worry there lives away, unless I continue to practice mindfullness and enjoying life, because like you said it only happens once. Amazing post! Thanks again!

Zita said...

yes, this reminds me of my new favorite BUddhist quote-sy to get me thru the day,

"Freedom is something you CHOOSE moment to moment."

it's easy to forget, so i try to remind myself as often as i can

They call him James Ure said...


I really like that quote. It's a very wise comment. Thanks for adding that...I'll be remembering it.

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