For most people, when you see a book about Winnie the Pooh, you'll cast your mind out to childhood stories, Pooh and his cute animal friends, and a simple bear who, more often than not, has his hand (or head) in a honey jar. However, if you look closely at the conversations that Pooh has with his friends, there are some very wise and profound words of wisdom that come from this furry fellow and they are as poignant (even more so today) than when A.A. Milne first wrote the stories.
There are some excellent teaching moments that you can create through discussion of these quotes. Listed below are some that you might like to use with students or, if you are reading this as a student, think deeply about what is being said here. It has significance for all of us.
On trusting yourself:
Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
On the importance of the little things:
Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
On living in the present:
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
On the futility of worry:
“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”
“Supposing it didn’t,” said Pooh after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this.
On being yourself
The things that make me different are the things that make me.
Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.
On stepping out of your comfort zone
You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
On clearing your mind of all thoughts (mindfulness)
Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
On the value of dreams
I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.
“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh
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