Oh the places I’ve gone…:)

I’m proud to say that much of my own experiences in life really created in me life lessons that helped me to establish some pretty strong values by which I live.

I’ve been to places. I’ve been all over and experienced quite a lot at my age. Yes, physically and theoretically. I’ve seen so much and truly appreciate the experiences I’ve had as student leader in college to running Christmas parades and golf tournaments.

Just recently I was cleaning out my storage closet getting ready for a move. In my cleaning I ran across this book from Dr. Seuss. It was stacked in and among all this stuff from the past. Old speeches I gave, offices I held, certificates. plaques, awards and proof of a life full of experiences and knowledge growth. Things that I just cannot part with. Well seeing this book “Oh the places you’ll go” brought back such great memories, and there’s a reason for that. I was put into this moment to run across this book with this title, among all the things I’ve done in the past and to be proud of what I’ve done and where I’ve been.

Where have you been?

Where are you going?

Do you have your plan set?

Read this book. I copied it below to this article post. Read it.

Think about each thought in this text. What is it that those words are doing to open life up to you? I see a pattern in that we all have so much open to us and it’s all so exciting, but that no matter the challenges and problems we encounter, we can get somewhere as long as we believe in ourselves.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!


Dr. Seuss

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
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.

It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.


You’ll be on y our way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
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.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t
Because, sometimes they won’t.

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,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

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

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
You’re off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

**I remember working at a Shell gas station when I was in college. It was such an awesome experience. Well while I was cashiering, I started working with this 50-something year old lady who was pretty damn hilarious. Very personable and open to discussion. In one of our discussions about where I’m headed after college, Chris told me something that I will never forget. She said that for so long she has been thinking about all the things that she could have done. She said to me to “do everything I can to do everything, Because if you are 50 years old and think  back, ‘what did I do’ in life, then you wasted it.”

Do everything you can in life. Be all that you can be and don’t let anything hold you back.

Or be like my cousin Stephan Gregory. An aspiring actor in Hollywood who moved out to California 2 years ago. Moving and living in California is like running a business. If you survive in two years, you will be just fine. Stephan has struggled financially so much and made so many bad decisions, but he is still there, working and making good money as an actor. It takes that level of dedication to move ahead in life.

All of us are given a journey that we need to be on. Some of us are on that journey. Some of us found it, but don’t know how or where to start. And some of us have not found it yet, but there is a purpose to our lives and your own journey answers this. Many of you might be at the rest area a little too long. But know that there are places for you to go. It’s not over yet.

Your Success is My Success,

Keith Lipke

*** The above text “Oh the Places You’ll Go” was copyrighted in 1990 .  The complete book which has great pictures to accompany the text is published by Random House and can be purchase at any bookstore. Cost: approx. $10-$15