Winnie The Pooh is one of the nations favourite characters. A classic, his honey-loving attitude captured the audience as A.A. Milne brought this silly old bear to life.
For me, I will always see Pooh Bear and his friends as characters that helped instill positive morals within me from a young age.
I remember that we used to have a stack of Winnie The Pooh books beside my parent’s bed and I would often sneak in to read them, regardless of whether or not my mother was yet awake.
If you have not read the books, you really should do so. They are classics and have so many wonderful messages. These are just some of them:
1. It’s Important To Understand How Others Feel
“What about me?” said Pooh sadly. “I suppose I shan’t be useful?”
“Never mind, Pooh,” said Piglet comfortingly. “Another time, perhaps.”
Piglet, being the small animal he is, understands what it is like to feel useless and empathizes with Pooh.
But Eeyore wasn’t listening. He was taking the balloon out, and putting it back again, as happy as could be…
Eeyore enjoys his gifts, however small [a popped balloon and an empty pot] because his friends thought to give them to him. It’s the thought that counts, right?
3. Cherish your friends
The overall theme of Winnie The Pooh is definitely, without a doubt, friendship. With good friends, you will always have someone there for you; someone who will go on expeditions with you; and some you can teach and learn from. A friend is someone to share your honey with, after all.
“Pooh, promise you won’t forget about me, ever. Not even when I’m a hundred.”
Pooh thought for a little. “How old shall I be then?”
“I promise,” he said.
4. Positive Thinking
“However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”
5. Taking Pleasure in the Simple Things in Life
And that was the beginning of a game called Poohsticks, which Pooh invented, and which he and his friends used to play on the edge of the forest.
Even though Poohsticks may be one of the simplest games invented, Pooh and his friends show us that, with the right company, even that can be endlessly entertaining.
6. Be Vigilant
“Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.”
This shows that you can never be too careful and it is always a good idea to look out for yourself and one and another, just in case.
7. Want Something? Go and Get It.
You can’t always sit in your corner of the forest and wait for people to come to you… you have to go to them sometimes.
I believe that this is such an important message and A.A. Milne is a genius for having a children’s character suggest such a vital moral: things won’t just come to you, you need to go out and get them.
9. Embrace Your Individuality
There are so many wonderful things about Tigger, but what’s the most wonderful thing? That he’s the only one! Being different is great.
10. Sometimes, It’s Perfectly Acceptable To Just Do Nothing
Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
Sometimes, when life has us working hard and we are all busy, it’s important to sit down and just do nothing; focus on the simple of life’s pleasures – the one’s that go without notice.