Extension Agent: "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

Aug. 16, 2011 at 3:16 a.m.

By Sarah Womble

Recently, my life has taken a drastic shift, and as a result, this will be my last Advocate article. I accepted a new position with Extension that will require many changes. As exciting as it is, it is equally as scary.

Have you taken time as an adult to read the Dr. Suess book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" If not, you should.

In preparation for the change in my life, I stopped off at the bookstore to buy a new copy of the Dr. Suess book to read.

The lines from this book rhyme and are cute but have much meaning.

"You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go."

Also, "With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street. And you may not find any you'll want to go down. In that case, of course, you'll head straight out of town."

We have the ability to create our own destiny through education, training and faith. In life, we may go down one road but an event or series of events may cause us to take an unexpected path due to circumstance.

"Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along. You'll start happening too."

When something gets you down do not worry, better times are ahead.

"Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don't. Because, sometimes, you won't. I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, it's true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you."

Even the most successful people have times of uncertainty. No one is exempt from hard times.

"I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win cause you'll play against you. All Alone! Whether you like it or not ... But on you will go though the weather be foul."

At times we all feel lonely and lost. Stay focused and do not over analyze things. Keep going!

"On and on you will hike. And I know you'll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are."

"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 percent guaranteed.)"

The words in this book, although simple, teach us many things about life. We are in control of our choices. This includes what we do and how we react to what other's do. We will take roads that yield great success, but be prepared because there will come a time when we face hard, lonely times too.

Keep forging forward through the rough patches, and better times will return. Life is not a destination; it is a journey. "Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So ... get on your way!"

This article is dedicated to a wonderful group of ladies: DeAnna, DeAnne, Tricia, Sarah, Becky and my wonderful mother-in-law Shirley. I would like to thank everyone who has read my column over the years. I have enjoyed hearing comments received in person or through calls and emails.

Sarah Womble is a Victoria County extension agent- Family and Consumer Sciences



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