You need to cut him some slack for being greedy when it comes to devouring pots full of honey, but the silly old bear and his gang have invaluable lessons to impart. I am talking about the adorable Pooh bear and his inseparable friends.
Based on a teddy bear owned by his son, English author A.A. Milne created the fictional anthropomorphic teddy Winnie-the-Pooh in the early 1920’s, writing several collections of stories on the character. The books chronicle the adventures of little boy Christopher Robin with his favorite Pooh and other animal pals in the Hundred Acre Woods. The stories were written with children in mind, but they are soaked in such profound wisdom that over time they have resonated with adults as well. Little did Milne know that he was leaving behind a rich legacy to be fondly remembered by posterity.
I fondly cherish reading the stories of Winnie the Pooh to my child when he was little. Interestingly, the bear and his buddies became my absolute favorites too!
Well there has been a deluge of posts about the valuable lessons the stories have taught. I thought of looking through the lens at Pooh’s world to pick those quotes that have appealed to me the most.
Every individual is unique, and diversity enriches mankind.
Piglet, who is Pooh’s closest friend, is unbelievably tiny. He says:
“The things that make me different are the things that make me, me”
This thought is so relevant in our day-to-day lives. Each one of us has an identity that we need to be proud of. It is wrong to compare ourselves with others. Self-love is what we need to foster because unless we love ourselves for who we are, we cannot command respect from others.
Welcoming every day with positivity
What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
The future is unknown, so it is extremely necessary to greet each day with a smile and drown in its glory. There is so much truth in this quote by Dutch writer Corrie ten Boom: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength”. To live in the moment and make the best out of it should be the mantra of life, and Pooh Bear sure does that!
Let us give our children the opportunity to grow!
In the stories, Kanga is the over-protective kangaroo mommy. Her description is so apt:
“Kanga never takes her eye off Baby Roo, except when he’s safely buttoned up in her pocket.”
So here is an important lesson for mommies! As much as you love your children and pamper them, teach them to be independent. They need to be left on their own so that they can learn to stand on their feet to face life’s challenges with courage and conviction.
We all need a BFF, a Best Friend Forever
The gloomy donkey Eeyore may be depressed and gloomy most of the time, but he too understands the value of friendship:
“After all, one can’t complain. I have my friends”
Friends are the family we choose. When we have those genuine friends who hold our back in times of trouble and celebrate our joys, do we have a reason to worry? We certainly need to value our friends and not take them for granted!
Have trust in our abilities
Do we need validation from the world to tell us what we can achieve? Not at all! There is nothing to stop us from achieving our goals the moment we start believing in ourselves. It is the confidence and determination, coupled with hard work, that can make our dreams come true.
Christopher Robin says to Pooh “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
A splendid expression of human emotion!
Can it be true love if you do not feel the emotions? Love needs to flow organically to flourish in our hearts. This conversation between Pooh and Piglet is undoubtedly epic!
“How do you spell love?” – asked Piglet
”You don’t spell it, you feel it” – said Pooh
My topmost favorite is the lesson on gratitude
Milne talks about Piglet in one of the most endearing and heartwarming ways:
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
We pass the test of humanity with flying colors when we practice the gospel of gratitude. Every breath we take on this universe is a gift. We need to look around us and count the tiniest of blessings showered upon us and be thankful for all that we have in life. May we never forget all those who cheered us when our days were cloudy because sans gratitude, the circle of love remains broken and incomplete!
No wonder Winnie the Pooh has stolen the hearts of millions. Silly as he is, the chubby little bear is endowed with the milk of human kindness and with countless pearls of wisdom. He and his friends share with us those gems of truth that can make life beautiful and nice!
Lovely article, Rashmi! Who doesn’t love the story of Winnie the Pooh and all his friends. My children certainly did and I do as well. There is so much truth and wisdom in the lessons Milne imparts through his story.