Six Lessons I’ve Learned From Winnie the Pooh

Six Lessons I’ve Learned From Winnie the Pooh

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.
Memorable Lessons – Thanks, Dad!

Memorable Lessons – Thanks, Dad!

Do you have one or two special memories, lessons learned, from a parent or special teacher that stay with you and make you smile years later?

I have one that I’d love to share.

My father is a deeply spiritual man, but it’s funny to me that my favorite memories of him have nothing to do with that side of him. They are the more down to earth, simply being a good human, lessons that I remember and cherish the most.

I was in high school and he had taken me to the eye doctor to be fitted for contact lenses (YAY!!). We were seeing a Navy doctor and both the doctor and my Dad were in uniform at the time of my appointment.  I remember the doctor asking my father a question and when my Dad replied, he called the doctor, “Sir”. To which the Navy doc politely told my Dad that he didn’t have to call him “Sir” as they were the same rank.

Now let me pause here for a second…..if you aren’t familiar with the military, ranks structures vary between the different branches of the service. And I was thinking, “Did he just insult my Dad by implying that my Dad didn’t realize they were indeed the same rank?”  Not cool in my mind.

But my Dad proceeded to politely tell the doctor that the reason he referred to him as “Sir” was out of respect for his position as a Doctor – not because of his military rank.

For some reason, the level of respect my Dad had when dealing with that Doctor, and the classy way he responded and explained himself to him, struck me then…

And continues to put a smile on my face all these years later.

Disclaimer: I do NOT have a good memory and I know I have forgotten many fine examples and lessons taught to me – by his actions, rather than his words – by my father. For some reason, this one remains one of my cherished memories of time spent with my Dad. And I bet he has NO recollection of this exchange of words.

Note to self: You never know who is watching/listening/learning to/from your words and actions.