Lessons from Pooh
Winnie, of course – grin.
Yes, I know there have been books written on this topic, there may even be one with this title. Rest assured I am not plagiarizing. This topic was brought to my mind by a young friend of mine who posted this on her facebook status yesterday…
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ Christopher Robin to Pooh
I thought sure I used a Poohism in one of my NewDirection page statuses, but I couldn’t locate it quickly. It was something about thinking and I wrote, “think, think, think – doesn’t that give you the visual of Winnie the Pooh tapping his head ? – Grin”
Anyway, (I’m a little distracted because I’ve just received some unsettling news, but this is a POSITIVE blog, so let’s ponder Pooh)
That lovable bear is everybody’s friend. He is kind, considerate, caring, giving, and helpful. Sure he’s a little scatterbrained and forgetful at times, but he always has the best of intentions.
As to brave, sure he is typically hesitant and sometimes afraid, but when it comes to helping someone in trouble, he forges ahead and does what it takes.
Pooh’s strength is sometimes in his muscles, we can all have those bursts of superhuman (or superbear) strength when put into a critical situation. Sure Pooh falls down, which is usually followed by an “Oh, bother” and a thinking session. But he always gets back up and moves on. His strength can also be seen in his emotions. Sure he gets down sometimes, but he doesn’t stay down for long, and he never lets other people get him down. Pooh is upbeat at heart (stuffed though that it may be) and prefers to stay that way.
Ol’ Mr. Winnie is definitely smarter than he thinks, and he thinks (and thinks and thinks – for pages at a time – haha). Thinking things through is a smart thing to do. Pooh knows that going off and trying to accomplish something without thinking about it first and figuring the fine details, could cause problems.
Pooh doesn’t think too highly of himself, that would be the reason Christopher Robin is encouraging him. Pooh is sweet, humble, and just an all ‘round good guy (I mean bear).
Shouldn’t we all aspire to be a little more like Winnie the Pooh?
And then there’s Tigger, but that’s a whole nuther blog – haha.