I am working on a project with two of my dearest friends, so I created a calligraphy piece using one of my favorite quotes from Winnie the Pooh. Each piece is in the favorite colors of each person. This way, when we are home we can be encouraged by words that uplift and help us embrace ourself and our friends.
Everyone needs to be reminded of their value. We are our own worst critics, toughest voice and cruelest menace; which means we all need constant encouragement and reminders of our abilities and gifts. For many of us we do not hear that or have it reinforced enough. We hear a lot about what went wrong, we hear very little about where we excel. Who knew that a silly old bear named Winnie the Pooh would be the character able to articulate what we bring to the table. Who knew that these words would bring life and peace to so many people across the globe. Who knew, A.A. Milne that’s who, the creator of Winnie the Pooh.
It is from our own life experiences that we learn what we need, and are then able to give that same gift to others. A.A. Milne suffered greatly after his military service in WWI so he needed a project to help him heal. His project was writing down the childhood stories he had told his son about a bear, an owl, a piglet and kangaroos who were friends with a cranky rabbit in a hundred acre woods. Those stories touched lives around the planet and still put children to bed each night. Their kindness, simplicity and honesty have taught us all the value of friendship, cooperation and understanding how to love ourselves and others. By pouring what he needed into the project he opened our hearts and minds to wonderful, imaginary ways to see the world.
There are days when we can all use a little Winnie the Pooh in our lives. Days when kindness, silliness, joy and laughter are the best cure for what ails us. And when we need to be reminded that traits like bravery, strength and smarts lie within us no matter what our circumstances reveal. Maybe today you need this reminder, if so, read this post again and know that Winnie the Pooh never lies. He may be a silly old bear, yet he is always right.