It’s raining, it’s pouring; don’t let your kids stop playing.
Over the weekend, you may have already watched Christopher Robin, a sweet, live-action adaptation of a story involving the lovable Winnie the Pooh. And although the film was given a somber new direction, we cannot deny the fact that it brings many lessons to its viewers.
Throughout the years, the many stories of the Hundred Acre Wood have been adapted multiple times. Almost everyone knows who Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger are, but not everyone appreciates the lessons that these delightful creatures are so willing to share. More than being some of our children’s favorites, everyone can learn from the simple, innocent and delightful wisdom of these silly characters.
Here are the the top 5 lessons you can learn from Winnie the Pooh and his friends.
*Warning: Minor Spoilers Ahead!*
Cherish your Friendships
The story of Winnie the Pooh and friends taught us all so much about the value of true friendship and how we could give our love to them. Friendship is one of the greatest values in the world. At several points in our lives, we could meet many different people across all walks of life. And sometimes, we could meet the ‘real friends’ who truly matter. When this happens, we should cherish and always remember to hold these people close. Remember: tough times don’t last, but tough and lovable friends do!
If You Want Something, Go and Get It
One of the best lines in the film was, “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” This quote shows us that when we actually want or would like to achieve something, we have to go out of our comfort zone. It may be painful, sad, or lonely to strive for these goals, but eventually, the hard work and faith pays off.
Sometimes, It is Okay to Do Nothing
In the film, Christopher Robin described the idea that “doing nothing is just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” Our favorite Pooh stories give emphasis on the value of doing nothing. From time to time, it is actually alright to veg out. Although Pooh might seem like an absent-minded hungry bear, he is anything but. His insights on love, friendship, and life are actually quite profound. He teaches us not to allow the bothersome minutiae of daily life to disrupt our inner peace.
A.A. Milne, author of the original stories, often uses a metaphor involving a water stream to remind us to practice patience. He explained that the stream can ‘grow up’ to be a river- it moves slower because it knows where it is headed someday. This is a beautiful reminder of the need to be forgiving of one’s mistakes and shortcomings. In a fast-paced world, sometimes it’s really helpful to just stop, drop everything, and reflect on things.
Live in the Moment
Whenever we see Pooh-bear trying to accomplish something, we would notice that he would be totally immersed and focused. All that matters to him is what he was doing in that particular moment. For him, what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow never matters – all that exists is that steady heartbeat and the Now. And for this honey-loving teddy, that is good enough reason to celebrate the present.
“What day is it?” Pooh asked, “It’s today,” Piglet answered. From that, Pooh knew that today is his favorite day.
These lovable tales remind us that life is one, beautiful adventure we all share and partake in. We get so caught up with our struggles that we forget to cherish our loved ones, our time and our lives. So grab your close friends, get your favorite snack (or honey jar!), and walk sure and steady in this forest called Life.
Walt Disney Pictures’ Christopher Robin is out now in theatres near you.
About the Author:
Anja is a life enthusiast in constant pursuit of ventures and adventures.