I have been saying, “Happy New Year!” for weeks now. But every time I watch the evening news or think back to all the problems and violence from 2017, my sense of good cheer evaporates.
Somehow, I need to—not ignore the ongoing national problems and disasters—but keep them in perspective. For my own sanity, I need to stay positive. I need to reach out to friends and neighbors, work with others, enjoy daily adventures, appreciate nature, and share prayers and gratitude with those around me. Like individual drops filling a bucket, I need to focus on the good and work to make everything better, one little drop at a time.
“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” Winnie the Pooh
“Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.” Winnie the Pooh
But it sure is hard to stay so positive all the time!
Still, if Winnie the Pooh can do it, so can I. And he’s been doing it since 1926, when he was first created by A. A. Milne as part of a story for his son Christopher. This lovely little creature was based on a black bear at the London Zoo that his son enjoyed visiting. J. H. Shepard provided the original illustrations for this whimsical little guy and his friends.
In the 1960s, Disney took over sharing Pooh with the world, providing new illustrations as well as movies that are probably more widely known than the originals.
Of course, what Pooh looks like does not really matter. It is his delightful attitude that makes him special. He loves his friends and enjoys adventures. He looks for the good in everyone. He has an ability to see the truth of situations, not being tricked by showy appearances and big words. And he is always willing to take a nap!
Makes sense to me that today (18 January) is National Winnie the Pooh Day.
The world would be a better place if we were all a little more like Pooh.
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Here are a few quotes from Pooh that show his delightful, positive attitude.
“Promise me you’ll always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.”
“Some people care too much. . . .I think it’s called love.”
“Let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two.”
“We didn’t realise we were making a memory. We just knew we were having fun.”
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
“Did you ever stop to think, and then forget to start again?”
“It’s more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, ‘What about lunch?’”
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
“Rivers know this: There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
“Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them and to share a hug.”
“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”
“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”
“’What day is it?’ ‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet. ‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.”
“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.”
The thing that makes me different is the thing that makes me ME.”
“To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.”
“You can’t help respecting someone who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.”
“If a statement is untrue, it is not more respectable because it has been said in Latin.”
“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience—well, that comes from poor judgment.”
How have you been celebrating National Winnie the Pooh Day?
I am eager to see Goodbye Christopher Robin, a film released last November that presents Milne’s development of Pooh in the aftermath of WWI. It is coming to Amazon Prime next week, so I will watch it then. Any favorite stories, movies, or quotes?
“Don’t under estimate the value of doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” Winnie the Pooh