I'm having an Eeyore day. Nothing is really wrong but nothing is really right. I'm feeling a little uncertain of my place in the world, a little disconnected and a little bit like I'm spinning my wheels. I am questioning whether the places I am putting my time and energy are the places I am supposed to be putting my time and energy. No worries, though, its not like I'm having a major life crisis ... I'm just doing a little self reflection. And self reflection sometimes turns me into Eeyore.
My whole life I have adored Winnie the Pooh. I have collected books, figurines and stuffed animals from these wonderful tales for years. There's something about that roll polly little bear and his rag tag group of friends that touches my heart and captures my imagination. There's also a lot of wisdom floating around the 100 Aker Wood.
Every now and then, when 'The Eeyore' mood strikes me, I pick up a volume of Pooh Bear classics and I flip through the pages, reading sentences at random. Every time I do this, without fail, my heart swells and my courage is boosted. I am reminded that thinking too much isn't all that its cracked up to be, that love is not particularly dignified or tidy and that's okay and friends come in all shapes and sizes.
Here are a few of my favourite A.A. Milne bits of wisdom ...
"Rivers know this; there is no hurry. We shall get there someday."
"Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more ... to give way to the happiness of the person you love."
"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."
"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them."
"Some people care too much. I think its called love."
And my favourite ... today ...
"How do you spell love? You don't spell it, you feel it."
The things that make me different are the things that make me.
A. A. Milne