Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 69 comments

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"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities." ~ Dr. Seuss

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Davina March 14, 2010 at 1:57 am

Hi Lance.
Love Dr. Seuss. I find that being nonsensical gives us more invitation to connect with others. It breaks down the barriers. So I say, “let it all out”.
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Sacred Space Is Not Always Sunny =-.

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Adrenalynn March 14, 2010 at 3:17 am

A very fitting quote in light of the crazy stuff you’ve been getting us to do lately 🙂 I’ve always been a fan of nonsense and I hope I can help my kids to cherish their imagination!
.-= Adrenalynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Gallery: 6 =-.

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Mindful Mimi March 14, 2010 at 3:59 am

Lance,
I have all Dr Seuss books in Dutch and read them to my kids often. They love them. They love the funny, invented words. They like the wackiness of the stories.
That quote talks to me, it makes me say ‘why not?’ more often. You know I have two small boys who come up with the craziest ideas and thoughts and I go ‘well, yes, why not?’ 🙂 It spices up life. It makes us dream. It makes us real. It makes us have fun.
If we put a little more nonsense in our lives, our life would start to make more sense 🙂
Have a great Sunday.
M
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday laugh =-.

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} March 14, 2010 at 4:00 am

HI Lance,
Looking through the other end…hmmm….I love Dr. Suess….I am waiting fro my little one to reach the age i can buy her the whole series of Dr. Suess’s books{it will be my excuse to read them all again, without looking kiddie and nonsensical 😉 }
Let me share a little kiddie joke with you …
=>>Whats the height of minuteness?? => A pimple ON the dimple of the left cheek of an ant!! HA… 🙂
Hows that for imagination??? Can you imagine it…can you….??
Thank you fro this awesome sunday thought! I am off to watch UP – the animated movie with my little baby and big baby(hubby) 🙂
Much Love,
Z~
p.s. I love love love love love the new header and the little intro box with your lovely smiley face. So so warm and welcoming.So you….

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Chania Girl March 14, 2010 at 4:23 am

I used to have a friend who was a social worker and counselor for children with behavioral problems, and one of her fields of study was the field of Play Therapy. She’d provide all kinds of mediums for a child to really tell her what was going on simply by allowing them the creativity of play: painting, drawing, sandbox scenarios, whatever. Ever since I learned about this from her, I’ve found that “being a kid again” when I’m in a tough spot really helps me. It simplifies things down when I think of my problems and situations from the vantage point of “How would I draw this?” What would it look like with Little People interacting in a sandbox? I’ve gotten so many answers in this way.

Play is so fantastic! It’s so much more than fun and imagination. It can be quite insightful, too. And who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss?

Great way to start my Sunday, Lance. Thank you.
.-= Chania Girl´s Last Fabulous Post ..Opening =-.

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Keith Davis March 14, 2010 at 5:14 am

Hi Lance
Great line “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living”

I’m involved with Public Speaking and I get some of my best ideas when I’m out walking.
I don’t censor my thoughts and when I have time I make a note of all the best ideas that have just popped up.

Imagination and Fantasy are powerful allies.
I remember seeing a demonstration of how some people have fantastic imaginations.
Your readers might like to try it.
All you have to do is write down as many things as you can that are associated with a triangle… for instance… a sail, a wigwam, a house roof….. see how many you can think of!
.-= Keith Davis´s Last Fabulous Post ..A helping hand… =-.

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Dave (MisterGoodGuy) March 14, 2010 at 5:20 am

Hi Lance, I haven’t got a telescope. Do you think it will work with binoculars?

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Miz March 14, 2010 at 5:37 am

I adore this.
shocking I know 🙂

those who mind dont matter and those who MATTER DONT MIND.

Playing ever onward,

carla
.-= Miz´s Last Fabulous Post ..Yep. Testing the mobile blogging again… =-.

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Lance March 14, 2010 at 6:22 am

@Davina – Hi Davina. Dr. Seuss is all sorts of awesome! Laughter, goofiness, “letting our hair down”…this is such a great way to really connect with others. And I think it is because we get beyond barriers that we might sometimes put up – and to that place of really connecting…through fun!

@Adrenalynn – Hey!!!!! I’ve heard a rumor that some of this *crazy* stuff will be out for the world to see…very soon! Oh…and you, my friend, have a way of always making me smile. Keep on dancing…and keep on giving your kids an amazing childhood filled with imagination and wonder. (Monday rocks!)

@Mimi – Hey Miranda!! The Dr. Seuss books are filled with such zany characters, funny words, and crazy stories…and they are THE BEST!! And those two special little boys in your life…that’s you, letting them explore life and it’s possibilities…and to experience their world with wonder! And “why not”, right! And – I completely adore this that you wrote: “If we put a little more nonsense in our lives, our life would start to make more sense”! Here’s to a Sunday with a little more nonsense in it. And that will make for a great Sunday!

@Zeenat – Hi Zeenat! Dr. Seuss wrote some amazing books…and that was his nonsensical nature just really shining through! And I know you will very much enjoy reading ALL those Dr. Seuss books, and giving your little one the magic that these books bring into life! And!! I love the joke!! Wow, that is minute!! I would need some sort of super amazing magnifying glass!! Enjoy the day with your *babies* (ha!!)!! And thank you so much for the comment about the new changes here. It all feels very “right”.

@Chania Girl – “Play” is great therapy. I think it helps us to step away from the issues of every day life, and get back to a spot of love in our heart. In “play”, we really can connect with those childlike characteristics that are within us. And even more, we can, at least for the moment, let go of our worldly worries, our personal worries, our concerns, our pains, our struggles – and just “be” in that moment of playing. So…Chania Girl…it’s great to have you back here, and today especially – what fun!!! Woohoo!

@Keith Davis – Hi Keith. Dr. Seuss was onto something with this, wasn’t he! And what a great exercise you have shared. Starting with something so simple…we have within us the imagination to draw so many amazing and wonderful thoughts! That’s a great way to help us expand our imaginations, and to keep us thinking of possibilities…always!

@Dave – Hey Dave! For you…it will DEFINITELY work with binoculars! I suggest you take yours out with you today, and give it a try! Hey, I bet your kids would love it too! And the neighbors. And the workers at the grocery store. And…well, pretty much just about everyone. And…if people think you are strange…(well, that’s a good place to be, in my book!)

@Miz – I’m laughing…MizSeussOnMyLegGirl!! Right! Shocking!! Keep playing (I know you will!)!!!

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Trish @IamSucceeding March 14, 2010 at 6:27 am

Good morning Lance!
I love Dr Seuss and the way he saw life in general…Great thought for the day! =)
.-= Trish @IamSucceeding´s Last Fabulous Post ..I Can’t Believe It’s Over! =-.

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Keith Davis March 14, 2010 at 6:33 am

@Lance – the triangle exercise is simple but coming up with ideas isn’t.
It would be interesting to know how many your readers have found!
.-= Keith Davis´s Last Fabulous Post ..A helping hand… =-.

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Jeanne March 14, 2010 at 6:44 am

Life is short make FUN of it
Love Jeanne
.-= Jeanne´s Last Fabulous Post .. =-.

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Dave (MisterGoodGuy) March 14, 2010 at 6:50 am

Lance, I’m happy to take your advice… and using binoculars should bring me twice the laughs , but I hold you responsible for the outcome! 😀
.-= Dave (MisterGoodGuy)´s Last Fabulous Post ..Mona Lisa Million & New Lungs 4 Chuck =-.

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Stacey Shipman March 14, 2010 at 6:59 am

I live in a constant state of fantasy, or so I feel like. Big dreams, whether I get there or not, make life so much fun (and I think Dr. Seuss also is quoted as saying “Fun is good”) 🙂

Happy Sunday!
.-= Stacey Shipman´s Last Fabulous Post ..Feel Good Living TV: Feeling Overwhelmed as a Caregiver? Interview with Leanna Hamill =-.

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Lynn March 14, 2010 at 7:00 am

I have always adored Dr. Seuss and the messages contained within his nonsensical stories.
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Parcel, transition and orange goodness =-.

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Heather Villa March 14, 2010 at 7:15 am

Just what I needed this morning. Thanks!
.-= Heather Villa´s Last Fabulous Post ..Weekend Reading: My fav’s from this week: 3/12/10 =-.

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Laura Neff - Life Leadership Coach March 14, 2010 at 7:24 am

I find that when I laugh a lot,
Let go a bit,
Don’t give a jot,
The air between my cells e x p a n d s,
Making space
For Life to dance!

🙂 Thank you for creating space with this lovely thought this morning, Sir Lance!

Big hugs,
Laura

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Jannie Funster March 14, 2010 at 7:58 am

NONsense?? Stuff and nonsense?? I adore all that stuff. Jibberty-jabberish. And flibberty-flabberish. Dippity-ding-dongs and sippity sing-songs. Can never get enough of that. One fish, two fish, red fish blue fish. All the way to Mars and back. Lancie is on the sunshine track.
xo
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Beautiful Austin, Texas — Through A Donut Hole =-.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord March 14, 2010 at 8:28 am

What an amazing picture, Lance! That caught my attention right off the bat and made me feel all fresh & sparkly this morning (on a rather gray day outside!).

And nonsense… I’m a pretty serious gal, but every once in awhile, I just get silly for no reason and it always feels good — like it resets my brain somehow.

So yes, I loved this thought today!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Life, Death, and Reflection =-.

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Laura Hegfield March 14, 2010 at 9:42 am

Ahh the absurdities…always reveal secret blessings we can only, ONLY find when we are willing to look through the “wrong end of the telescope”.

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Evita March 14, 2010 at 9:43 am

Hi Lance

Wow – what struck me first is the amazing photo of the water! Mmmm that is so beautiful!!!!

As for the quote – LOL – what some call nonsense or fantasy, I like to call a beautiful and fun life 😀
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Essential Energy With Cyndi Dale: To Do Or Not To Do? (Can I Get A Sign, Please?) =-.

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Lance March 14, 2010 at 10:11 am

@Trish – Hi Trish! Dr. Seuss had a pretty amazing and wonderful outlook on life!

@Keith Davis – Thanks for stopping back. Definitely gets you thinking!

@Jeanne – That’s right, we might as well have FUN in our days here on earth!!

@Dave – Ha!!! Have fun “out there” with your backwards binoculars! Dave…I am sure it will be a real hit!!

@Stacey Shipman – Stacey…I happen to think that’s a pretty great place to be. So…maybe not all the dreams come to be. That’s okay, right. It’s in the trying, the ideas, the could be’s, the what if’s…that make life so interesting and fun! And yes…as Dr. Seuss also said…FUN IS GOOD!! Have a dreamy Sunday!

@Lynn – Dr. Seuss wrote such wonderful stories, because he really touched upon that nonsensical. And in that, we all get a chance to enter into that world he has created…and come alive with the characters and the story. Pretty wonderful!

@Heather – Awesome!

@Laura Neff – Laura!!! That is awesome! What a fun poem! Keep on dancing, my friend!! And laughing! Life is a wonderful gift, and in your words today, I’m touched by what really matters…that dance of life…which I see at that soul in each of us, coming out to “play”.

@Jannie – Hey Jannie Bananie! Let the sun shine brightly today. Even on a cloudy, gloomy day…that sunshine in our heart is there! Along with a bit of nonsense! Woohoo!

@Megan – You know, Megan…I had such a difficult time coming up with a picture that felt “right” today. Until I came upon the splashing water – which just seemed to really fit the idea of waking up the brain cells! And…it’s a gray and chilly day here in Wisconsin today, too. Yep, I can easily sway toward that serious side, too…and yet – getting to the side of silly and goofy is always a good place to be. Reset! I love it!! In fact…I’ve done a little resetting this morning, and it’s felt great! Have a wonderful Sunday!

@Laura Hegfield – Secret blessings!! Yes! They are there…if we just look at things a bit differently sometimes. Which goes along the lines of – sometimes it’s good for us to look at things in a different way. And we might see things we have never notice before. Great thought!

@Evita – Hi Evita. That photo of the water really grabbed me, too. As I was saying to Megan, I had a difficult time choosing a photo today…until I came upon this. And it just felt right…refreshing…awakening! And a “beautiful and fun life”…that sounds like all sorts of wonderful. And it reminds me that…if we can get over the idea that we might be perceived as “weird” by what we do…then doing our own thing..as “fantasy” as it might seem…is exactly what is right!

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Ryhen | Mind Power March 14, 2010 at 10:57 am

Hi Lance! My first time here. I like your post. Pretty brief but packs a punch. I like nonsense too… just like the way I acknowledge all of what life has to offer… pure nonsense. hehe. Just kidding. Hope you have a good day. =)

Peace and respect,
Ryhen
.-= Ryhen | Mind Power´s Last Fabulous Post ..Psionic Power: Knowledge Of The Past And Future =-.

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Tess The Bold Life March 14, 2010 at 11:40 am

Lance,
Love it and your new look! I like what Evita says about fantasy being a fun life. I’m so glad she’s in my life and I think of her as my new mentor;) How did this become about her and not your post. Which I love by the way. I think Dr. S and I are related!
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Rewards of Honoring Commitments =-.

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Armen Shirvanian March 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Hi Lance.

Nonsense sure does wake us up, as it gets us to question all these realities we are normally working with in our minds. We hear something out of place, and then realize that even our big realities are somewhat out of place also.

Fantasy does help in living, because it lets us process what we don’t currently have. We can see what we might later have, and what it would be like. Time for fantasizing should be limited, though, as time in reality is where we can work towards it.
.-= Armen Shirvanian´s Last Fabulous Post ..Don’t Take Someone For Granted =-.

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Erin Prais-Hintz March 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Hey Lance! You know I love Dr Seuss!
I think that the nonsensical part of ourselves gets buried as we get older, as we are compounded by more and more of the responsibilities that we are expected to assume. But a little fantasy, a little dreaming, a little nonsense can go a long way to keep you sane.
Enjoy the day!
Erin
.-= Erin Prais-Hintz´s Last Fabulous Post ..Like Alice =-.

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Jody - Fit at 52 March 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

LOVE IT! Thx for the reminder although some my say I live in a dream world… see my post today!!!

Your post from Megan’s site will be on my blog tomorrow! THX!
.-= Jody – Fit at 52´s Last Fabulous Post ..Truth & Lies! =-.

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Hilda March 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Great quote – “fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living” – love it! And I love your new look Lance.

Another exercise onto Keith’s triangle is “50 uses for . . . (anything at all!) You run out of the obvious very quickly and are forced to get creative – great for waking up the left side of the brain!
.-= Hilda´s Last Fabulous Post ..A new source of income =-.

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Chris Edgar March 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Thanks for this Lance — what this brings up for me is that doing something silly and nonsensical can actually help us see that, in our daily routine, we’re actually looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope — it can shake up the uninspiring way we’ve been seeing the world and other people. I know recording ridiculous songs does this for me!

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Lori (JaneBeNimble) March 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Laughing at life’s realities — now, that’s my kind of mantra!

Lance, your choice of images is always so pleasing and beautiful. And, wow, in the context of your new look, I love all the blues and greys. The color says a lot about you (your fifth chakra) — exemplified by voice, expression, listening, and communication. It’s so you!

Thanks for another wonderful start to my week. I look forward to coming here on Sundays, reading the comments from your amazing tribe, and filling my visual field with beauty.
Hugs to you.
.-= Lori (JaneBeNimble)´s Last Fabulous Post ..Omm Writer =-.

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Matty March 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I’m all for nonsense. Life is too short to be taken seriously.
.-= Matty´s Last Fabulous Post ..Pennies From Heaven =-.

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Marelisa Fabrega March 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Hi Lance: Nonsense definitely wakes up the brain cells. Do you know that a lot of what we see doesn’t really happen, it’s just our brain putting pictures together based on probabilities of how the world works? Our brain is very good at creating categories and patterns and then it gets lazy and just starts pushing everything it sees into one of these categories or patterns. The way to get the brain to “start seeing things fresh again” is to jolt it with the unexpected and the nonsensical. Maybe Dr. Seuss was a closet neuroscientist. 🙂

On another topic, I just noticed your site redesign. Very Tao. 🙂
.-= Marelisa Fabrega´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to Prepare Yourself for Success =-.

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Audra Krell March 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm

As always, great Sunday quote Lance! Often we wonder if we are asking too much of life, but I think most of the time we aren’t asking enough. Fantasy helps us to dream as big as we can and therefore live larger.
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..For the Love of Lent =-.

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Audra Krell March 14, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Forgot to tell you, I love the new banner and how some of your blog has a new look. I really, really need to update mine, I think you have literally kept yours fresh, three times over on mine!
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..For the Love of Lent =-.

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Suzie Cheel March 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Just love the quote and the picture is awesome. You can have fun with that too, looks like a cow jumping out of the water:)
Thanks for a smiling start to my week
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Empowering Women: Changing Lives =-.

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Evelyn Lim March 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Love the quote. I have not seen it before. Can I borrow it? I was just thinking how coincidental that you should put up a quote on fantasy over a weekend when I was indulging in some of my whimsical dreams. We must be tuning into the same channel! Then again, I should not be surprised. Since we have the intent to evolve and connect at the same time. All the best to your dreams and mine!
.-= Evelyn Lim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Chinese Tale of the Hidden Treasure Chest =-.

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Tim March 14, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Hi Lance:

This is a great quote from one of my favorite authors as a kid. Dr. Seuss is awesome and I think adding some nonsense to the world is a good thing. By the way, I really like the beautiful photo in this post and the new header…very cool, sleek look!

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Lance March 14, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Ryhen – Hi Ryhen, and welcome! Sunday’s around here are all about just one little morsel to think about. Usually short. And it’s then in the comments where there is some great discussion around that thought. And having a little nonsense and “fun” in our lives is a great way to live!

@Tess – Hi Tess. Thanks and thanks!! I love the new look too, it really fees “right”. And hey!! You’re related to Dr. S!!! (and even if you’re not…just acting like him is pretty awesome). Oh…and by the way…Evita…she’s all sorts of awesome, too!

@Armen – Hi Armen. You bring up a great point. As much as fantasy is good for us…in getting our brain cells thinking differently…it is not a place we want to spend all our time. Some of that time has to take us into the reality of life, and in acting upon the thoughts in our heads and hearts. And that might seem like nonsense…or some may see us as living in a fantasy land. And that’s okay, because what matters anyway is how we feel when we are doing this. Great thoughts!

@Erin – Hey Dr. Seuss friend!!! I DO know!!! So…with responsibility and age comes this thing call “good sense”. And sometimes that is pretty important. Still…there are so many times when we just limit ourselves because we are concerned about what others will think (or say). I know…I’ve been there. And I’m still there. So…I like the “push” I get from Dr. Seuss today… And, it’s great to know you are out there, too…Seuss girl!

@Jody – Hey Jody! Thanks for being here today…and I’ll be over to see what you have! Woohoo!

@Hilda – Hi Hilda. A great big double thank you to you!!!! And thanks for noticing. The feel of the site design is one that I feel very connected to. And…YES! to fantasies! It’s a great world to spend some time in! And I love the exercise you’ve shared, to complement what Keith suggested earlier. And that sure does sound like a great way to get creative!

@Chris Edgar – Hey Chris! That’s great insight on this…I love it!! How often are we set in our ways of what seems “right”, and if we were to look at it from a different angle…one leaning toward silly and goofy – we can inspire new ways! And – recording ridiculous songs…that sounds like a ton of fun! This reminds me, in a way, of an exercise I sometimes do with my kids. We get some household item, and then give the person a minute to think about it. Then, in interview style (while videotaping it), that person has to explain this new invention they have come up with (the household item) – except that it can’t be the real purpose of that item. Loads of fun!!!

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Joy March 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Lance,
I love your new header!
When I first read the quote, nonsense reminded me of the fun I have with my children. We try to find the humor, as well as the beauty, in everything. Play with my children is one of my greatest joys–open, often spontaneous, just plain fun. Lots of times I ask our adult friends to join us–I think it is often the only “chance” they get, and it is neat to watch guardedness relieved even if it’s only temporary.
Yes, in case you’re wondering—we’ve involved Jay in our play…almost mandatory if you’re part of our family–LOL:)
.-= Joy´s Last Fabulous Post ..Faith……. =-.

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Lance March 14, 2010 at 8:38 pm

@Lori – Hey Lori! I’m with you on that…let’s laugh a little, right! This photo today was a real struggle…I was thinking of a completely different idea for the picture. And then I kind of stumbled upon something splashing in water…and knew that a SPLASH would fit this so well! And – I’m glad you like the colors (smile!). Hugs and lots of splashing thoughts!

@Matty – That’s right…life is short…so we might as well have fun with it!

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. Such interesting thoughts on how we process information! I love these thoughts…and it makes so much sense then…to be a bit nonsensical (doens’t that sound funny to say, though!). And maybe that “Dr.” part of Dr. Seuss….hmmmm….. (love, love, love the thoughts you have shared today Mare!). And thank you, Mare, for the comments on the redesign here. It’s a look that feels very much “right” for me, and one that I just knew was “it” as we worked through many iterations. And what a fun process it was, too!

@Audra – Dreaming big and living large…it’s what we are meant to do! And still, dreaming big and living large can mean such a myriad of things to each person…and that’s what is also so great about this thought you’ve shared. It’s not about being grandiose, as much as it’s about connecting to those big dreams within our heart…and then living them…even if they seem a bit nonsensical. And, Audra, thank you so much for your comments on the new look here. It’s one that was a process to get to, and when we did…gosh, it just felt so right! And…see, maybe that shows that I kind of like to get “under the hood” and tweak a bit…while you…shine at writing!! (you really do!!)

@Suzie – Wow!! Suzie!! That is amazing!!! And now, when I look…I see that cow too!! And that right there is your creativity shining through. Which tells me, you shine at getting some of that “nonsensical” into your life! And…big smiles right back at you!

@Evelyn – Hi Evelyn. Borrow away!! And I completely love the thoughts you have shared here today! Evelyn, it is so good to be tuning into that same channel as YOU! So…yes, let’s keep dreaming wonderful dreams…and living with a bit of that “fantasy” in our days! I LOVE IT!!!!

@Tim – Hi Tim. Dr. Seuss has such a wonderful way of creating a story! And it’s because he really did touch upon that nonsensical side. So…here’s to more of it for each of us…as we travel through this life! And…the header (thanks!!)…I think you know the creator of that!! Our amazing friend, Lori! (who did amazing work on your site, too!!) Wow, she does such incredible work! And she was so patient with me through the whole process…

@Joy – Hi Joy. Thanks so much…the new header is one that I connect with deeply. Does that sound weird? That I connect with a header? I’m not sure if it does or not, but I know that I very much do connect with it. And I loved reading about the fun and “nonsense” you have with your kids…and how you find ways to pull other adults into that fun! It’s in those moments, when we just let that “fun” be a part of us, that life becomes even more beautiful. And…so good to hear you are getting Jay in on that fun already! Woohoo!!

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J.D. Meier March 15, 2010 at 12:43 am

Dr. Seuss set the bar for a unique mix of weird, learning and fun, in bite-sized chunks for everyone.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Information Overload is Not the Problem – It’s Filter Failure =-.

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SnaggleTooth March 15, 2010 at 1:34 am

I’m wondering what the Photo dude threw into the water to get that huge splash blob…
‘cus I’m am artist. That could be a new story character there…
I think Doc Seuss was talking about his life as an artist in the quote- That you twist reality to see something new. Much easier to be silly that way too!
Must’ve read a Cat in a Hat a few humdred times as a child…
finally a non- video post I can load on need an upgrade ‘Puter here/
.-= SnaggleTooth´s Last Fabulous Post ..Knowledge =-.

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Lana - {Daring Clarity} March 15, 2010 at 2:27 am

That’s exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you Lance!
.-= Lana – {Daring Clarity}´s Last Fabulous Post ..One Of The Most Powerful Questions That Can Change Your Life =-.

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Cheryl Paris March 15, 2010 at 3:06 am

Hello Lance,

How are you doing? Great thought for the day 🙂
Dr. Seuss was a veteran. He always wrote his stories with a moral in his mind and so that the kids can see the moral coming out of his books. Amazing!
Fantasy is necessary ingredient (very true) and what is more realistic in this is – it is a way of looking life through wrong end of telescope.

Bye for now,
Cheryl

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Lance March 15, 2010 at 4:51 am

@J.D. Meier – Dr. Seuss had such a unique way reaching his audience, through the way he approached fun and fantasy in all he did. And what an amazing legacy he created!

@SnaggleTooth – Well…I hadn’t thought about what might have been tossed into the water to create that splash (or for that matter, how many tries it took!) – but I am now! We see the end result…and yet there’s imagination and creativity that goes into that, too…into the creation of this awesome picture! Snaggle…I LOVE the way you think about all of this! And thinking of Dr. Seuss and his life as an artist…yes, he created his reality by thinking differently. And wow! What he has left us with is something that will live on! (and…it’s great to have you here…I have been a little heavy on the videos recently…).

@Lana – Hi Lana! Awesome!!! Dr. Seuss has a great way of viewing life!

@Cheryl Paris – Hi Cheryl. I am great, thank YOU!! What I really loved about the Dr. Seuss books is how they also touched upon something we, as adults, could also relate to. His works are so appealing to all ages. Here’s to often viewing life through that wrong end of the telescope…

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Angelia Sims March 15, 2010 at 7:46 am

I definitely enjoy absurdity! I have to get through life that way. Laughing at myself is my number one entertainment! I think I’ll stand on my head and rest this post again. HA!!!
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Farm in the City =-.

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Stephanie@Geezees March 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

love waking up to a great quote by the good Dr. Sueuss … your blog is beautiful …I have to go explore…i just found you today !

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Alex Sysoef March 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Interesting quote….

I do have to say that ability to laugh at yourself helps us to get through our own stupidity 🙂 or at least cope with it better
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Barbara Swafford March 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Mmmmmmm! I like this. It’s a great reminder to keep laughter in our lives.

I also LOVE the changes you’ve made to your site and adding that handsome smiling face of yours, was a great idea. Which reminds me, did you know you’re like the other greats (Oprah, Madonna…)? In blogosphere we just have to hear the name “Lance” and everyone knows who we’re talking about. 8)

Happy Week to you. 🙂
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Patricia March 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I very much like your new look and I adore Dr. Seuss. I did not discover him until I was protesting against the Viet Nam war in Graduate School. He came onto the stage to encourage us in our efforts and promote peace. I could not understand why this guy was being treated like a rock star! but he was and he and Howard Zinn made great teachers.
I was always told not to be so silly and not to waste my time – I am still very weak in the area of play…but when I read Seuss it is like all right play it came in a picture book – I can relax and enjoy.

My IT gal taught me about the Sharon Shinn fantasy books which start the series with Archangel – I think the series is 4 books – it is a mix of fantasy and music which allows the mind and spirit to really move into play and relaxation, while probing the need for diversity and stopping actions of war.

Your blog is always a good stop on the journey – Thank you
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Lance March 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

@Angelia – So…how was it, Angelia??? Reading this on your head???? I LOVE IT!!! If I stood on my head…something would break! Maybe I should just flip the monitor over. Here’s to the absurdity and wackiness in our lives!

@Stephanie – Dr. Seuss is all sorts of awesome! And the light-heartedness of this sure felt “right” this week. Thank you so much, Stephanie, you are sweet and kind!

@Alex – Sometimes we can do things might seem like they veer toward that place called stupidity. Really, though, maybe there’s a whole lot of good in that place. And maybe…just maybe…it’s easier to see that good when we laugh at ourselves!

@Barbara – Hey Barbara! Okay…and NOW, you are making me blush. Wow!! Thank you! And when I don that dress and wig I have up in the closet…I start to look just like Madonna, too! (okay…maybe that’s a stretch!) Really, though, thank you! And I’ll also join you in some of that laughter! It’s great for the soul… (and thank you for the kind comments on the changes around here – it’s been a lot of fun to do!)

@Patricia – Thanks Patricia!! And what an interesting story of seeing Dr. Seuss! Reading his books sure can put us in a playful mood…and that’s a pretty fun place to be! And thanks so much for sharing about the Sharon Shinn series!

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Yum Yucky March 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm

My fantasy-nonsense hope is to have a quiet day alone relaxing. Totally nonsense. Totally fantasy. Aaargh!
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Sagan March 16, 2010 at 12:05 am

We definitely need to inject silliness into our lives to expand our creativity and live life FULLY. Dr. Seuss has it right!
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FatFighterTV March 16, 2010 at 1:32 am

That quote is such a bunch of nonsense. 🙂
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Lance March 16, 2010 at 5:28 am

@Yum Yucky – Hey Josie! Ha!!! Don’t give up on that fantasy world just yet…

@Sagan – Dr. Seuss sure was onto something with his focus on being a little on the silly side! “Fun” really adds so much to life!

@FatFighterTV – Hi Sahar. Ha!!!!!! (…and pretty awesome nonsense!!)

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heph March 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm

nice quote

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Heather Kephart March 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Yay! I’m a big fan of the Seuss. Things are snoos when the Seuss is loose. And that may be sillyuculous as a train is thinkicanpuculous, but he’s good as a noodle for me and for yoodle.
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Tom Volkar / Delightful Work March 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm

How wonderfully fitting for you Lance. Is the fool your archetype? He was a very powerful figure in courts of old. In fact I often visit when I feel like lightening up so thank you fine sir.
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lisaschaos March 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I love the happy feeling in the photo! And I loved your dancing in cars video today! I did share it on facebook. 🙂
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Hilary March 18, 2010 at 11:03 am

Hi Lance – washing away the blues .. fantastic picture of exploding water .. it’s lovely. I love the new format .. but I did like the jungley jungle .. have fun – I know you do .. bye .. Hilary
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Lance March 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm

@heph – Thanks!!

@Heather – Seuss rocks!! In fact…I think you are a closet Dr. Seuss!! Woohoo!

@Tom – Ha!!! Yes, very possibly!! (in only the most positive sense!) Good to see you Tom!!!

@Lisa – The splash is a pretty happy photo! And thanks much on the car dancing!! You are awesome, thanks so much for sharing it!

@Hilary – Hey Hilary. Washing away the blues….I like it! And the new look…I decided I wanted something simpler…and I love the new look (as much as the mountain scene was a special one…) thanks!!

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now March 19, 2010 at 9:58 am

Dr. Seuss is the coolest person ever. His books changed my life. I let my brain go wild and allowed myself the limitless possibility of imagination.
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Ana Goncalves March 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Lance,
Imagination is a significant player in our humane way of being, as it incarnates us into life. 🙂
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Lance March 24, 2010 at 7:10 am

@Karl – Dr. Seuss rocks!! And a lot of that is his imagination that has let each of us who have read his books drift off into our own world of possibility!

@Ana – Hi Ana. Imagination is a wonderful thing…and the more we can be in touch with that part of us, the more amazing ideas we’ll bring into this world! Awesome!!

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Anime March 29, 2010 at 8:00 am

You know, this reminds me somewhat of a clip I saw on Youtube regarding the popping of a baloon filled with water, at -100x speed. (possibly more/less I don’t remember for certain).

Oh, by the way, brilliant website. 😉
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Betsy Henry (zen-mama.com) March 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Love this quote! We try to laugh a lot with our children. It really seems to help our relationship.

Come see my Dr. Seuss post at http://www.zen-mama.com/www.zen-mama.com/Zen_Mamas_Blog/Entries/2010/3/2_Happy_Birthday_Dr._Seuss!.html

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Lance March 29, 2010 at 7:08 pm

@Anime – Popping a water balloon….fun!!! Thanks much for joining in the conversation.

@Betsy – It’s great to have you here Betsy!! And….laughing with your children – that’s awesome!! I really believe that good honest laughter is so, so good for our soul…and is at the same time, so connecting. I’ll be over to check out your post!

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John Bates July 9, 2010 at 5:37 am

Dr. Seuss is an incredibly smart person…to say the least. I didn’t have a real appreciation for just how smart he was until I had kids. Reading his books to them has really opened my eyes to his wisdom. Cheers, JB

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Lance July 9, 2010 at 7:30 am

John,
That’s so true for me, too. Having kids, and really re-reading some of these stories I grew up with put them all in a whole new light – and on the sage wisdom of Dr. Seuss.

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