When Are You Like the Fish in the Pot?

And our fish came down, too.
He fell into a pot!
He said, “Do I like this?”
Oh, no! I do not.
This is not a good game,”
Said our fish as he lit.
“No, I do not like it,
Not one little bit!”

It’s often said there are three kinds of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened. I know a fourth group: those who try to prevent things from happening.

The fish in the pot sounded like the voice of reason.

“No! Not in the house!”
Said the fish in the pot.
“They should not fly kites
In a house! They should not.
Oh, the things they will bump!
Oh, the things they will hit!
Oh, I do not like it!
Not one little bit!”

But did things turn out badly? No. In the end, all was well.

When you’re unsure of the future, how do you react?

Then our fish said, “Look! Look!”
And our fish shook with fear.

When you’re out of your comfort zone, do you shake with fear, as the fish in the pot did? Do you watch from the sidelines, not knowing what to do? Or when the Cat in the Hat steps in on your mat, do you wholeheartedly embrace the fun and adventure?

Certainly, we don’t want to take unnecessary risks, but that’s not what Dr. Seuss is about. There are no risks in Seussland.

And there are far fewer in real life than you imagine.

Next time circumstances or people surprise you, next time a scary opportunity appears, consider: how will you react when the Cat in the Hat steps in on your mat?