10 Life Lessons Learned From Winnie The PoohMorgan Shanahan
This week, A.A. Milne, the father of Winnie The Pooh, celebrated his (posthumous) 132nd Birthday. Pooh himself turns 88 this year, having now bestowed his infinite wisdom on easy SIX generations. The inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl, and of course Winnie The Pooh himself have been mutual friends of our great grandparents, grandparents, parents, and children alike, and that itself is a pretty rare thing.
But of all the beloved children’s characters of the past century, Winnie the Pooh, “a bear of very little brains” (and his friends) have managed to bequeath invaluable lessons and life skills that withstand the test of time, even inspiring a plethora of academic material, from John Tyerman Williams’ Pooh and the Philosophers : In Which It Is Shown That All of Western Philosophy Is Merely a Preamble to Winnie-The-Pooh, to Frederic Crew’s satirical The Pooh Perplex : A Freshman Casebook, to Roger E. Allen’s series on Pooh and the gang tackling Business, Success, and Management, to perhaps the most famous and existential Pooh examination of them all, Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh. It appears Pooh’s wisdom knows no boundaries.
So with that in mind, I thought what better way to celebrate A.A. Milne’s 132nd than to pay homage to the great life lessons he and his work left us with.
The Infinite Wisdom Of Winnie The Pooh 1 of 10
On The Passage Of Time 2 of 10
On Dreams 3 of 10
On The Treatment Of Animals 4 of 10
On Getting Out In The World 5 of 10
On Limitations 6 of 10
On Cleverness 7 of 10
On Knowing 8 of 10
On Inner Nature 9 of 10
On Appreciating What We Have 10 of 10
"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called."
â€• A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
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