A friend of mine, Michele Starkey wrote about grub’s doing some talking out their butts today “Who talks out their rear end?”and I just have to say, Michele always brings something relevant to the table but fortunately not around dinner time.
I have met a lot of butt talkers in my life some rather grubby. They are filled with dreams and they know everything I should do, but they can’t seem to get out of their own way in their own lives; and they waste away pathetically year after year, with their dreams still yet unrealized.
Not that there is anything wrong with that… (Thanks Jerry Seinfeld) But for me, I’m more of a foot walker, than a butt talker. I am a doer, a mover, a thinker and sometimes a stinker (but let’s not go back to butt talking right now.)
I know growing up is hard to do, but we all have to do it, even you.
Dr. Seuss was one of my favorite childhood author’s. His work is recognizable throughout the United States, with Green Eggs and Ham, or the Cat in the Hat. There is a park in Springfield, MA at the Quadrangle, in his honor.
About the same time Dr. Seuss was writing children’s poetry, another author, by the name of Watty Piper, published a book called “The Little Engine That Could (I think I can)” in 1954.
My gram read it to me, and reminded me of the phrase throughout my teens and well into my adult life, any time I was frustrated.
Wikipedia says, “The illustrated book “The Little Engine that could” highlights a big locomotive train that couldn’t pull the load up the long hill, but the little engine could, simply by going slowly and chanting “I think I can, I think I can” and taking baby steps. Of course the climax being, the little engine that thought he could, finally did; reaping the rewards.
The story implied three things: one that we would think, and two that we would act, and three that good things would come our way if we did it that way. The American Dream! (Wiki)
I guess the butt talkers prefer to squawk rather than walk the walk. I think some people forget to do the chugging, and they just put out those positive thoughts squawking, hoping that someday something good might come their way. But this story says, we need to think, then walk and then we can talk.
Got to live a lot to have something to talk about
I’ve done some interesting “firsts” in my work and personal life. Some people said I was crazy for trying to do things; but I didn’t care. There have been times where I have influenced an entire group of people to get them to change or to try something different. In school, sometimes teams are challenging. At home, my family members might have different opinions than I do. At work, there were times where I felt like I had bitten off way more than I could chew, but no matter what the situation was, I always came back to the old story; “I think I can, I think I can”, and instead of being frustrated or giving up like others might, I thought, and then I did.
I was proud to see Gram had left her most important life’s lesson on a brick that was donated to a library near my aunt’s house.
Speaking of Bricks and Dr. Seuss, and Indelible memories that help build the foundation of the world..
June 16th – September 5th, The D’Amour Museum of the Fine Arts in Springfield, MA at the Quadrangle will be hosting a showing of “The Art of the Brick”. For more info, go to springfieldmuseums.org.
D’Amour Museum Pamplet