Most people who know me know that I have two little girls, ages 2 and 4. Needless to say, like many families with children that age, we do a lot of reading before bed at night. There are usually two or three books that get stuck on repeat, and lately the book of choice has been “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. I think I love this book just as much as the girls. It is full of wonderful reminders of the challenges life will bring and the optimistic attitude we must have to face it. That makes it appropriate for anyone at any age. Reading it over and over again has me convinced that this could possibly be one of the best books ever written about facing challenges and becoming better “at whatever we choose.” 

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”  

We all need to set goals in life and try to identify new challenges that will improve ourselves. I think it is human nature to want to be better -- better organized, better parents, better managers, better employees, better neighbors, better spouses, better leaders, better speakers, better musicians, better cooks, and the list goes on. It gives us direction and purpose in life. But can anything be as helpful, clear and concise as the words of Dr. Seuss?

“You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”

This spring I set a new goal completely outside my comfort-zone. I trained for, and ran a half-marathon. It was a HUGE challenge for me. It was physically demanding, and all the training made balancing my work and family life difficult. Could I have trained more, run harder, finished stronger, and performed better? Yes. But ultimately, did I accomplish what I set out to do and did I make myself and my family proud? Yes.

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains.”

So, my next personal challenge is much simpler, yet likely just as difficult. I am striving to be more intentional, calm and thoughtful in what I do. I am sure there are other books, blogs and podcasts I can find for additional inspiration. However, I hope the words of Dr. Seuss will continue to guide me on this next path. I encourage you, with whatever your next goal or challenge is, to remember these words from Dr. Seuss, most of all- “You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So ... get on your way!” Then, please share with others what has helped you to move mountains. Now, get going!

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Ashley Holter
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