Life lessons from the Lorax

I was introduced to The Lorax a few weeks ago at Blissdom, and many of my friends even got their picture taken with the little orange guy, but I passed.

I was a little late in seeing the movie, took me a while to get hubby to go see a cartoon movie with no kids at home anymore! I finally achieved that this weekend.

I know a lot of people have talked about the references to the environment, and even comments about the overgrowth of the government from The Lorax. And I will admit, Dr Seuss had a way of using his kids’ stories to share deeper messages.

What really struck me, however, were a couple of sayings that had more to do with moral character, than the environment.

The first was from a song they sang. “You can’t reap what you don’t sow”. 

Now many of us have heard the saying (which has its basis in the Bible) “You reap what you sow”, but the opposite was sang in the song, and it really struck me.

You can’t reap what you don’t sow.

* I won’t lose weight and feel better if I don’t exercise and eat healthier.

* I won’t feel more relaxed and composed if I don’t learn to relax and meditate and let things go.

* I won’t have a better relationship with my husband if I don’t put in the effort to spend meaningful time with him.

The second phrase was made by the Lorax:

“A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.”

There was a great deal of meaning in the movie when he said this, as he was referring to the young man and the decisions he was preparing to make.

The way I see it is this, you will act in the direction you are already headed.

If you are leaned toward the wrong direction, it will be nearly impossible to make the right choices.

Make sure that you are leaning toward the direction you truly want to go.

By leaning in the right direction, even small moves will get you closer to where you want to be. 

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6 comments to Life lessons from the Lorax

  • Hi Bernicewood,
    I am agreed with the wise words that By leaning in the right direction, even small moves will get you closer to where you want to be. I think we should listen to our heart for finding out the right direction.
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  • Carla

    A review written around here said the Lorax lost some of its meaning when it was transferred to film. after watching it last weekend, I defiantly disagreed with the review; he movie was full of meaning.

  • I think that we are going to have to talk to our kids about the lessons in the film as I don’t know if my five year old and six year old really understood them. Maybe it is something that we will have to bring up when they get older.
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  • G’Day! Livingthebalancedlife,
    Maybe a little off topic, however, Have you ever stopped to wonder how many life lessons we must continue to endure? Is it possible to simply live life without learning anything more than what we already do? I’m sure you know the answer to the last question however, are we happy with the answer.
    Keep up the posts!

  • Maryden25

    Hi Bernice,
    You are really correct with your post here. You can never reap what you didn’t saw. I would like to add, an apple tree will never bear fruit with oranges.
    Anything you wanted in life, you should work for it. You can’t wait for it to come, but you have to go for it.
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  • Parents and caregivers can begin teaching children self-control when the child is a toddler. Parents should not buy everything the child wants. She should have some choices but not unlimited choices of food, activities and clothes. To help the child control her own behavior, parents should teach her to give herself a “time out” or to remove herself from a situation that causes her to become frustrated..
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