If you’ve hung out with me for any length of time online or in person, you know how much of a fan I am of Winnie the Pooh.
I love the original Pooh bear books by A.A. Milne, you know the ones where the silly old bear is illustrated before Disney got hold of him?
Of course, I’m a big fan of Disney’s version too. So much so, in fact, that every trip to Walt Disney World isn’t complete unless I ate breakfast with the over-sized yellow bear at the Crystal Palace. I’ve also caught him in the England Pavilion at EPCOT and in a character greeting spot near the American Pavilion. Once, I chased after him as he was walking through Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom, but I couldn’t catch him before he ducked out for a break. That bear can move when he’s motivated LOL
Beyond that, I would love to have Pooh’s attitude about life. He goes around not worrying about things with a simple confidence that everything will work out in the end.
I loved the book The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff.
You can find his book here: http://www.amazon.com/Tao-Pooh-Benjamin-Hoff/dp/0140067477
Here are a few of my favorite, thought provoking quotes:
“Things just happen in the right way, at the right time. At least when you let them, when you work with circumstances instead of saying, ‘This isn’t supposed to be happening this way,’ and trying harder to make it happen some other way.”
I struggle with this concept because I want to be in control of where I’m going and how I’m getting there. I should spend less time worrying, but I fear that just isn’t in my nature.
“The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can’t save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.
This isn’t something I worry about. Unless, of course, I could save up time to do more writing lol Sometimes I do wish I could spend more time with my hubby since we’re both busy, but this will come… in time.
“Wisdom, Happiness, and Courage are not waiting somewhere out beyond sight at the end of a straight line; they’re part of a continuous cycle that begins right here. They’re not only the ending, but the beginning as well.”
This is abundantly true. They are constantly in motion and with me always. Trouble is, they’re very sneaky and I have to work hard every day to recognize them in myself. It’s a process.
All in all, I’m not sure I can ever be like Pooh Bear. Some days I’m more like Rabbit, but mostly I’m like Eeyore. Don’t fret. It takes all kinds to make the world go round, right? So, I’ll always strive to be zen like Pooh. It’s a goal to shoot for, but I’ll never fully ditch the realism of Eeyore.
Who are you most like in the Hundred Acre Wood?