January 8, 2011

The wisdom of Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh has some pretty awesome friends. I think we all know Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet and Christopher Robin and if you think about it long enough, you'll probably remember that they live in the Hundred Acre Wood.

First published in 1926, tales of Winnie the Pooh are children's stories that have withstood the test of time. What makes the characters so lovable? Could it be their vulnerability? Perhaps it is their peaceful journey, or their quiet understanding as they frolic from one folly to the next. Certainly it is their friendship as this Music Sunday video displays.

I also think that Winnie the Pooh has remained a timeless character because of the wisdom of author, A.A. Milne. He was able to bring these characters to life with love and loyalty and the quotes of Winnie the Pooh continue to inspire today. Consider:
"If you live to be 100, I hope to live to 100 minus one day so I never have to live a day without you." 
"If there ever comes a day we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll be there forever." 
"You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." 
"Before beginning a Hunt, is is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it." 
"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 
As we mature, the stories of our childhood continue to teach and inspire us. What we read at a very early age may come back at the oddest times, when we are faced with a struggle or choice.  It is because of our optimism that we are open to such flashes of wisdom, even from a round, stuffed bear with a proclivity for getting his head stuck in a honey jar and his group of friends who are always willing to help.


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