I have been staying at my daughter Laura’s now & then and as she has no TV to watch I started perusing through her book selection & came upon an old friend, “The Tao of Pooh”. She also had, “The Te of Piglet” which I picked up as I had not read Benjamin Hoff’ s companion to “The Tao of Pooh”.

Winnie the Pooh

I grew up reading A.A. Milne’s, Winnie the Pooh stories & in turn, read the stories to my children, who also have developed a deep love of the characters. As a matter of fact, we had a first class argument on who was the rightful owner of the book. Consequently, we  just bought our youngest daughter, Colleen her own special copy this past Christmas. (Colleen is 18)

So…

Reading the books brought back all of the feeling those old friends evoked; Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Owl & of course Eeyore but with adult eyes I have another level of insight into the characters.

Now…

The Tao of Pooh is an introduction to Taoism. In it’s simplest form it is living your everyday life & finding happiness in it, like Pooh. You’ll have to read the book for more insight… but The Tao of Pooh reminds me to keep life simple, enjoy the day to day & not keep complicating it with the superfluous.

The companion book, The Te Of Piglet is also very much worth reading. Te is a Chinese word meaning Virtue of the Small.

A few of my favorite A.A. Milne quotes:

  • “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.
  • “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”
  • “Do you ever stop to think, and forget to start again.”
  • “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?  “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully.”It’s the same thing,    he said.”

The list goes on & on, you can’t help but belly laugh as you read Pooh & does life get any better than a good belly laugh?

On the semi serious side -  when you are bored at an event or party – you can now categorize the cast of players & get insight into their character:

Are they a Pooh or Piglet or a:

  • Tigger – bouncing from thing to thing, to what ever catches their eye next, full of energy & exuberance.
  • Owl – who is the opposite of Pooh, spouting knowledge for the sake of appearing wise.
  • Rabbit – acquiring & spouting knowledge for the sake of appearing clever.
  • Eeyore - knowledgeable but always complaining about some injustice & never able to accomplish anything in life.

I have breezed over the Tao of Pooh, I could have written pages  but I believe it’s best to just have your appetite welted & dive into the books without any preconceptions.

Let me know what you think & any favorite quotes you have.


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