There is a poem by Dr. Seuss called ‘My Many Colored Days.” I have a board book version I used to read to my kids. This wonderful poem helps us all – adults and children alike, accept that we feel all the feelings and that on no two days are we the same and that’s okay.
My Many Colored Days
Some days are yellow.
Some are blue.
On different days I’m different too.
You’d be surprised how many ways
I change on Different Colored Days.
On Bright Red Days how good it feels
to be a horse and kick my heels!
On other days I’m other things.
On Bright Blue Days I flap my wings.
Some days, of course, feel sort of Brown.
Then I feel slow and low, low down.
Then comes a Yellow Day and Wheeee!
I am a busy, buzzy bee.
Gray Day….Everything is gray.
I watch. But nothing moves today.
Then all of a sudden I’m a circus seal!
On my Orange Days that’s how I feel.
Green Days. Deep deep in the sea.
Cool and quiet fish. That’s me.
On Purple Days I’m sad. I groan.
I drag my tail. I walk alone.
But when my days are Happy Pink
it’s great to jump and just not think.
Then come my Black Days. MAD. And loud.
I howl. I growl at every cloud.
Then comes a Mixed-Up Day. And WHAM!
I don’t know who or what I am!
But it all turns out all right, you see.
And I go back to being…me.
I decided it would be fun to explore my own feelings by illustrating this poem with my cartoons. I have been working on it for a few days and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. I am at a conference in San Antonio, Texas for a few days where I will be speaking at the Evolutionary Business Council Annual Retreat.
I am staying at a nice little Airbnb that is all decorated “Fiesta” style. Very fun and colorful. Couldn’t be more perfect for me and reminds me of my childhood growing up in this colorful town.
I especially love the tiny piÃ±ata and paper flowers on the dining room table. A very bright welcome.
The next few days will be long and full and yet, I committed to myself to 100 days of positive self-talk, drawing and writing. Not willing to use the lame excuse of traveling to skip a few days, I got smart and created ahead. So this post is serving as days 15 to 18 of my 100 day project and the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
While I will continue to draw and write, I might not get anything new posted on the blog for a couple of days, so here are my illustrations for the first few stanzas of Seuss’ poem.
What I am loving about illustrating this poem is how it is stretching me creatively to try new emotions on for my cartoon character that I hadn’t previously considered. It’s adding variety and playfulness to the process, which is keeping me going – a 100 days, what was I thinking??
Mostly I am having fun and staying thoughtful and playful throughout the process. Which also helps me to stay positive.
Life is good today. I’m joyfully feeling #allthefeels
How about you? As you read Dr. Seuss’ My Many Colored Days, how are you feeling today?