It’s happening again.
You feel that familiar pit in the middle of your stomach growing bigger until you think you’ll choke on it and gag in front of the whole office.
You might even throw up, and wouldn’t that embarrassment add some spice to the already buzzing office gossip line?
One of your co-workers is looming over your desk yelling, loudly, at you.
Very Personally Yours, Me
He’s livid, he’s screaming in your face, and the whole office is watching.
To a (wo)man they’re wondering where you’re going to hide next.
“The girl who hides,” is your nickname, (you only hid once, to be fair). But, you do tend to disappear if people start whispering when you walk by.
They don’t even know it’s because you’re taking their whispering personally.
But yelling boy could give a flying flip about your feelings. He’s mad about a report you typed up for him that he says got him a bad review.
Things are getting extremely personal, and taking things personally, well…one could say it’s a glitch in your personal programming.
Instead, take a deep, calming breath and heed the words of Theodore Seuss Geisel, who in his life time, wrote, among other things, 46 children’s books.
You may know him better by his pen name: Dr. Seuss.
The following 11 Dr. Seuss quotes are filled with the wisdom and inspiration you need to stop taking things personally.
Dr. Seuss may have put green eggs and ham in a box with a fox , but he was a very wise man, nonetheless.
Read the quotes with care.
- Take them seriously.
- Take a moment after each quote to reflect on what it means in your life as it stands now.
- Memorize as many as you can. Write them down on sticky notes, or type them into a Text document, and carry them in your purse or wallet for emergencies, comfort, or inspiration when you need it.
And now, without further ado, here are 11 gems by Dr. Seuss that will stop you from taking things personally.
#1. “… believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
Why do you think you’re here reading this?
There’s a reason you’re on this page.
You take things personally, and you’re looking for an easy answer as to how to change that.
What can be easier than Dr. Seuss?
But, it won’t be easy at first.
Dr. Seuss says himself in this first quote, “Nobody said it’d be easy. They just promised it would be worth it.”
Not taking things personally when you’ve made it a lifestyle is not easy, but it is so worth it.
Your whole way of thinking is going to have to change.
You’ll have to give up your reclusive behavior and stop thinking that everything said is about you because you must have done something wrong, for one thing.
Or, come to grips with the realization that if your behavior doesn’t change and you keep taking things personally, you’ll grow old all alone and lonely.
Oh, you’ll have plenty of company — 16 cats, four house bunnies, and a Chihuahua named Pedro.
But no friends, and no loved ones. You’ll wake up every morning alone, with four cats on your face.
You’ve got this chance now with these Dr. Seuss quotes — take it. They can change your life — let them. Starting with this first quote.
So, mentally, right now, let go of the old “I take everything personally,” you.
It’ll be worth it just for the peace of mind you’ll get that “future you” won’t be hacking up hairballs every morning.
A little sweat, maybe a few tears, and 11 Dr. Seuss quotes can change your outlook on life if you let them (and there’s no bloodshed involved).
There’s a reason you found these quotes now. It’s time to make a change.
#2. “Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind!”
So, Dr. Seuss says don’t stay behind and you can find things that might be missing in your life, only…
It’s become almost addictive, this feeling of taking things personally.
You can kick the habit. Don’t get left behind because of the old “he said, she said,” schtick. When it starts, tell them where to schtick it.
What of all the “things you can find” will be your favorite when you find it because you didn’t stay behind in your old life of taking things personally and instead put yourself out there, warts and all without worrying about what anybody else thought?
Friendship? Love? Camaraderie? An end to your loneliness?
#3. “Always Remember You Are Braver Then You Believe, Stronger Than You Seem, Smarter Than You Think, And Twice As Beautiful As You’ve Ever Imagined.”
Why put yourself under this burden of taking things so personally when you are so much more than the sum of your parts?
Dr. Seuss wants to know, so he urges you to study this quote very seriously.
And most of all, believe every word of this quote.
Dr. Seuss exhorts you to remember how brave, strong, smart and beautiful you are — take that personally, for real. And yes, men can be beautiful, too.
#4. “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”
And the good Dr. knew that not everything was going to be easy. Years of taking things personally don’t just vanish in a flash and become rainbows.
Your life can become fuller, and as sweet, dense, and rich as the finest Creme Brûlée with its top layer of perfectly fired, golden brown caramelized sugar covering a thick, silken interior, and a dollop of Creme Fraiche placed just so on top.
Dip your spoon into that delicacy and bring it to your mouth to make your taste buds sing.
Oh darn, your mouth is full of sour grapes because you believe that one of your coworkers is spreading a rumor about you. You heard whispers and giggles in the break room that stopped when you walked in.
Do you understand that (insert any whispered comment by anybody here) is not always meant to be hurtful and/or personally about you?
Dr. Seuss believes what it is, is a mouthful of sour grapes, and what it can become is fine Creme Brûlée that’ll make your taste buds sing.
Your behavior dictates the outcome.
So spit out those grapes, walk confidently to the break table, and sit with your coworkers with a cheerful greeting and a smile on your face.
Enjoy your desert.
#5. “Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.”
There’s a saying that goes “act as if,” so do that. Act as if today is the day you’ll be remembered as a confident, capable human being, and be confident and capable just for today.
You can behave in the way you want to be remembered for just one day, can’t you?
The beauty of this quote is that tomorrow is another today waiting to be born in which you will re-read the quote.
Lather, rinse and repeat.
#6. “Take every chance. Drop every fear.”
What does the esteemed Dr. have to say about the lump you get in the pit of your stomach when you’re sure the comment just made to you by a coworker was spiteful and contained a hidden meaning meant to put you down?
“Drop every fear.”
Doesn’t he just have a quote about antacids in his repertoire? Like “a bottle of these are really quite handy. Take more, and more often. They taste just like candy”? Something simple?
Drop. Every. Fear.
This is the chance you’ve been waiting for, but you’ll have to be fearless, and stop beating yourself up.
Simply ask the person to repeat themselves. Say, “I’m sorry, I didn’t quite get that last remark. Would you mind repeating it?”
If the comment was meant to hurt, chances are high the second iteration won’t have a hurtful word in it. Bullies back down when confronted.
News of your newfound confidence is already spreading because you sat at the break table with such self-assurance — something you’d never done before.
Now this story will make the rounds. People are already beginning to wonder where you went, and who this confident, new stranger is.
Yes. It’s hard (see quote #1), but you’re only just beginning your journey from “the girl who hides,” to “one of the guys.”
Continue reading and studying your quotes. It won’t be long before your chrysalis opens, and a beautiful butterfly emerges.
Remember, years of learned behavior are in the process of being changed.
#7. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
You desperately need to be put in a different mind space than the one you’ve been in.
There’s nothing up there in that mind now but rolling, tumbleweeds and an acidic dose of self-doubt that’s simmering in your brain pan in a sludgy bath of dissolving pharmaceuticals.
You need a Dr.
Seuss you said his name was?
Well, well, well, it seems he wrote this quote especially for you.
Don’t hold back being the real you that you’ve hidden under layers of self-doubt.
Speak freely if you feel slighted, and if someone has a problem with that, it doesn’t matter. They might just be having a bad day.
What matters is how you feel about standing up for yourself. Good, right?
So don’t mind the occasional “bad mood Betty.” That’s bound to happen. People in a bad mood don’t matter, because they’ll strike out at the nearest moving, or standing, target.
As you begin to shed your “I take everything personally,” skin, though, it’s best to simply avoid those you know are feeling vile.
You’ll develop a thicker skin in no time at all.
#8. “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is youer than you! Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
What a gift it is to be you! You are unique in so many ways.
Huh, and look at this. Go figure, you’re actually needed or “nothing is going to get better.”
Because you do care “a whole awful lot,” about what goes on and how things are run.
That’s one of the reasons you fell into this soul-sucking habit of taking things so personally in the first place.
Somewhere along the line, the caring transferred itself from just running an efficient office, into caring about what other people thought about you, which morphed into taking everything personally.
But teaching other people to care as much as you do will help things get better, too. Think about that for a few minutes, then start teaching: Caring 101.
#9. “Think! You can think any Think that you wish!”
It’s almost like Dr. Seuss read your mind, because your Think, of course, is “I will stop taking things so personally.”
Read this quote and think about the almost magical ability it holds. Remember it when you start to waver back into uncertainty.
Think of the fact that you are no longer tied to what other people may or may not think about you.
ANY THINK is within your grasp. That’s magic.
#10. “Only You Can Control Your Future.”
It’s your bright, new future, one where you don’t take everything personally and feel that stoney pit of apprehensiveness in your stomach in your every waking moment. A future where you have endless possibilities.
You have control over your future.
Now make a DECISION for your future. It can’t just be a decision, it has to be a DECISION.
DECISION: I will stop taking things so personally, to the point that every little thing in my life is affected by it.
It’s mind crippling.
You made a DECISION to change. Now, stick by that DECISION come hell or high water.
Just promise yourself that you won’t revert to giving a damn if someone says, “we were just talking about you and how upbeat you seem lately, and…yada, yada, yada, fill in the blanks here.”
That’s a good thing. It means you’re not “the girl who hides,” anymore.
Throw away your mental braces and walk by the water cooler again, head held high, without the fear of someone talking bad about you behind your back to send you hobbling back to your desk in a frenzy of terror.
#11. “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”
Put your quotes to good use by repeating them in your head if somebody gets in your face in an irate manner and tries to start an argument.
Determine if the problem truly has anything to do with you. If so, trust that you can handle it now in a calm, dignified manner without bursting into tears and running somewhere to hide.
If the problem at hand has, in fact, nothing to do with you, commiserate, then evacuate.
Arm yourself with your sunniest smile and walk in a different direction, all the while repeating this mantra (in your head), “it’s not my fault, I did nothing wrong, I will not take this personally.”
Try to avoid all those in a bad mood anyway, at least until you get off the ground and are standing steadily on your coltish, new legs.
When you see a Medusa coming your way, snaky hair hissing and coiling — don’t look her straight in the eyes lest you be turned to stone.
Go directly to the relative safety of your desk.
Then break out your Dr. Seuss quotes.
Read your Dr. Seuss quotes often, and fill your mind with positivity.
It may take a few days, a few temper tantrums by a few co-workers, a few dozen readings of your Dr. Seuss quotes, and a few repeated mantras to yourself to remind yourself that not everything is your fault.
Yelling boy is yesterday’s news, and also not your problem anymore.
You don’t have to take anything personally.
You don’t have to feel that pit of dread in your stomach your every waking moment, holding you back from the bright, new future of your choosing, ever again.
The choice is yours. The time to move forward in your life is now.
So, grab your Dr. Seuss quotes, and go forth into the world.
Live your life to its fullest potential.
Without taking things personally.
You deserve it.