Friday, February 28, 2014

Seussical Benevolence

Everyone faces difficult questions - daily!  The one I fear most is "What do you think?"

In my lifetime, I've read Dr. Seuss to my little brother, and then to my children, an estimated bazillion times.  The good doctor has taught me a thing or two (besides thing 1 and thing 2, lest you get confused) about relationships and getting along with others.

I've found that putting my answer in s Seussical form helps lessen the blow from the hammer of truth. Between the familiar pattern of rhythm and meter you can hide a somewhat harsh message (but truthful) and soften the delivery.

I struggle with this otherwise.  I have no poker face and I tend to believe people say what they mean. The clincher is that I am also too lazy to lie; it's a lot of information to keep up with and I've known people who don't do it very well.  That only leads to embarrassment;  it might be potentially more uncomfortable that just telling the truth in the first place.

Repeat this mantra:  no one really wants to know what you think (oops, forgot to make that one Seussical).  They want validation or attention - or just someone to talk to.  But they do not - I repeat - want your real opinion.

Give it a try!

This, for example, might be a nicer Seussical way for my hubby to answer the question:  "Do these pants make me look fat?"

It's not your pants that make you fat
Your pants just hold it where it's at
I do not like to make you sad
I only want to make you glad
It's not the way they make you look
(It might be several things you cook)
I hope that doesn't make you wail
Delivering this truthful tale
I do not like to make you sad
I only want to make you glad
If honesty is what you fear
Please don't discuss your mighty rear

See?  Wasn't that sweet?

The doctor is always right.

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