I have always loved Winnie the Pooh.
I loved him when I was a little girl and used to sing his theme song all the time.
I loved reading books about him to my baby girl.
I love the photo I have of my husband holding a stuffed Pooh Bear when he was a little boy.
I love that my Mom cleaned up and restored my husband’s worn and loved stuffed Winnie the Pooh, and that he now resides in our home.
The bond is real and deep.
But did you realize that there are COUNTLESS LESSONS to be learned from Pooh?? He’s brilliant! Wise beyond his years. Enjoy these six lessons from Pooh Bear.
“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.”
I am often amazed when my kids share their memories with me. Sometimes I am completely surprised that these are things they remember. You never really know when you are creating a memory for other people. Sure there are times we go out of our way to try to create fond memories: holiday traditions come to mind. But it’s often the everyday activities, shared laughs, shared stories etc. that are turning into memories. Cherish the fun and celebratory times, but also cherish the day-to-day, because you just might be making a sweet memory for somebody you love.
“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”
Today we are so busy, so over scheduled, always on the run. How often do you have a day, or even simply a few hours, to just be? What just might turn out to be a blessing in disguise is the forced downtime, the time spent a home, with our family, away from others, during this coronavirus pandemic. It’s allowing us to clear our schedules, have more white space in our lives, more downtime, more time to simply be. Enjoy the slower pace of things in this season we find ourselves in. Take time to meditate, to think, to journal, to have conversation, to imagine, to dream…to just be.
“What day is it?”
“Today,” said Piglet.
“Ah,” said Pooh. “My favorite day.”
This to me is simply a reminder to enjoy EVERY day; to find joy in each new day you are given. Imagine the day you could have, if you work up with the mindset that THIS was your favorite day! Come on, let’s all give it a try.
“The things that make me different are the things that make me, ME!”
Stop comparing yourself to others. Stop worry about what others think. Stop worrying about what others may or may not be saying about you, your family, your business, your style, your looks. Just be YOU! Be thankful for those qualities that make you uniquely you. Be thankful for what makes you different, what draws people to you, what others enjoy and adore about you. Be the best YOU that you can be.
“Pooh,” whispered Piglet.
“Yes, Piglet?” said Pooh.
“Oh nothing,” said Piglet.
“I was just making sure of you.”
Be thankful for, and express the joy you feel for simply being with those you love. That’s all!
And I leave you with this one: “Promise me you’ll always remember, you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
I don’t even think I need to, nor could I, elaborate any more on that one!
Winnie the Pooh, that “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff”, is so much more than a children’s story book character. He’s a wise and trusted friend.