John Mayer and the Lorax

Some of you noticed that not too long ago I changed my site layout and theme. Among the stylistic changes were new header graphics. “What exactly am I looking at?” you might be wondering. Well, I’m a fan of Dr. Seuss (e.g. see this). I’m also a fan of John Mayer, thanks to my brother and DirecTV’s free playback of his Continuum launch concert in New York’s Webster Hall.

When I listen to Continuum’s first track, “Waiting on the World to Change,” it reminds me of both The Waiting Place in Dr. Seuss’es Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and the irony of the Lorax taking his leave of the Once-ler in Dr. Seuss’es The Lorax.

So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
It’s hard to beat the system
When we’re standing at a distance
So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change

The new header graphics mostly showcase the Truffula Trees from The Lorax: “And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs.” It’s my subtle reminder to be engaged rather than waiting for someone or something else to act. Recall the words of the Once-ler:

Now that you’re here,
the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear.
UNLESS someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.

(Here’s another subtle reminder I display in my office.)