Why We Should Listen to Winnie-the-Pooh

Like pretty much every other person I see on social media just now, my boyfriend and I have signed up for the Disney+ free 7 day trial that’s on offer at the moment. (well done Disney for taking advantage of a time when literally everyone is at home watching TV)

Although I will most definitely be taking the time to catch up on my favourite 90s classics, (hello Aladdin & Little Mermaid) the first film I picked to view was one of their newer offerings – Christopher Robin. This post isn’t a film review, but if you’re after some feel good nostalgia and sentimentality then it’s worth a watch.

The main quote that’s stuck with me from the film was from Pooh himself – “Doing nothing often leads to the very best something”. I think it’s stayed with me because it’s so apt for how I feel we should be approaching the c-word situation we find ourselves in right now.

Doing nothing often leads to the very best something

The End of Busy

Busy has always been a buzz word associated with being successful – our societies thrive on being constantly on the go. However, things couldn’t be more drastically different now – there are literally hundreds and thousands of us stuck at home, with a lot more free time on our hands and no where to go.

That kind of frantic busy doesn’t exist at this point in time, and a lot of us are finding the ‘doing nothing’ that Pooh describes very difficult. But what if we allowed ourselves this time to breathe and decompress – allow the weight of a normally manic schedule to be lifted? What’s left could be seen as scary – what’s our purpose if we don’t have the structure of the routines we’ve become so comfortable with to cling on to?

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Your Head Space

Maybe we will have the mental head space to thrive – creative project ideas will come to the fore, new hobbies that bring us joy will come to light, and quality time will be spent nurturing our family and romantic relationships. I know myself that these are things I never could have anticipated I would have had the time to explore properly when we started out in 2020.

There’s a popular opinion circulating online that the main characters in Winnie-the-Pooh (and indeed the Christopher Robin film) are representations of different mental health issues. For example, Tiger has ADHD, Piglet anxiety, and Eeyore depression. I would have to say that I agree.

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Find Your Character

The human condition is prone to all these different facets of mental health. I identify most with Piglet – my first reaction to the c-bomb was worry, fear and stress. Now that I’ve had a little time to begin to come to terms with the fact there’s so much out of our control right now, I am keen to embrace my inner Pooh bear and let Piglet fade into the background.

As well as being kind and loving, Pooh is seen as being impulsive. By being fully present in each moment, he makes sure that every moment of nothing leads to the very best something – he’s swept away in the glorious opportunities that are presented to him right there and then. Moments to appreciate what we have, our friends and family, and the nature around us.

Which Winnie-the-Pooh character do you identify most with? And how will you be making sure your moments of nothing lead to the very best something? Share in the comments below.

3 Replies to “Why We Should Listen to Winnie-the-Pooh”

  1. I’m definitely a Pooh Bear I think! I’m actually enjoying this time to take note of all the little jobs I wasn’t doing or weren’t priority before, working on my mindset and my online business is flourishing with my whole attention on it! Really loved this post and look forward to more from you! 💕

    1. I’m working on being more like Pooh myself! I hear you on that – I’m grateful for being able to focus my energy on the things I didn’t really have the time for before. Glad you enjoyed, and thank you again for sharing x

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