Ever since I was in the fifth grade, people have asked me: Why do you like Winnie-the-Pooh so much?
Every time, I would give out a different reply, based on my whims. I knew that I loved him for a reason, but I did not know exactly what that reason was. Even if I did, I could not articulate. However, a few weeks ago, I finally realized what it is about pooh that attracts me so intensely.
Pooh is around me, everywhere: on my ID card, on my laptop, on my folder cover… Whenever I go somewhere, I always look for pooh products, and if I see one, I inevitably buy it. (Sticking a picture of pooh would be a good marketing strategy if you wanted to lure me into purchasing a certain product.) In fact, on my recent trip to Singapore for the annual THIMUN Conference, all I bought after nearly five different days of shopping was nine different pooh paper-files. The track doesn’t end just at commercial products. My old blog title was “Hundred Acre Wood,” with a bunch of pooh pictures patched onto the background. Almost all of my profile pictures include classic pooh.
Anyway, at a certain point of time, I decided to move out of the patching-on-the-blog syndrome (thus the current blog), because I realized one day that it is not pooh’s outward features that I wish to emphasize to others. It is the true “meaning” behind my love towards the chubby little character that matters.
In explaining pooh’s life principles and how these may correlate with my own, I would first like to start of with a few of pooh’s most famous quotations.
“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”
– Winnie the Pooh
Haha, notice the cute capitalization?! A.A.Milne is such a great author.
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
– Winnie the Pooh
“If you lived to 100 years old, then I wish I would live to 100 minus one day, so that I would never live without you.”
– Winnie the Pooh
In case you have not noticed, none of these quotes talk about intersexual love. Instead, they are based on friendship. I have read many different pooh stories in the past, and none have I ever seen that does not involve a lesson about friendship, cooperation, and consideration. That is what I love most about pooh.
He is not smart, for sure; however, he never gives up to “think, think, and think.” He is not the world’s greatest scholar, but he is the world’s kindest and most giving friend and family. His stories are defined by small, everyday happenings, and not about big accomplishments or failures. And I am sure that Milne did this with a purpose. If I dare assume what this purpose is, it is to tell the readers of how important one’s daily memories are, and to remind us of how invaluable our friendships and relationships are — something we often neglect, especially when immersed in our own, busy lives.
As I have also noted in my previous post, I believe in the power of “small things.” It is not our large-scale achievements, but our small acts of kindness, caring, and love that lasts in others’ hearts. True, the general public will not care or know about these supposedly trivial matters. However, is it truly the masses that I wish to satisfy? In the end, what are they to me, because do they not erase me from their minds the moment they return to face their own problems?
You may call this biased, but I think the personal relationships we cultivate as we live on our path are far more important than the large-scale “image” that we like to foster in the modern day. It is how we touch the hearts and souls of those we pass by as our different roads intersect that lingers and matters. If your sincerity towards these close friends and colleagues continue to pile up, it naturally becomes your character and, yes, “image.”
In this process of interacting with others, we need to prioritize what we would like to build on in the course of our relationship. To me, some of the most crucial aspects of a relationship is trust, caring, and most of all, understanding. Relationships are definitely not easy; however, with the right amount of positive attitude, forming a tight bond (with almost anyone) is possible, and these person-person links are truly the greatest treasures in my life. Everyone has different characteristics and ways of life, but when these unique differences mingle together, that is what makes genuine harmony. And when the warmth I wanted to pass on actually does reach the other person, and when the person keeps that warmth in their heart to use in times of sorrow or happiness, that is what I call meaning and inspiration.
I have a classic pooh CD with songs on pooh and his friends, and the second track is by far my favorite: “Friends Around the World.” Here, I would like to give you a glimpse on the lyrics of the song.
Walking through the woods today
Pooh and friends were on their way
On their way to nowhere planned
They stopped to look up at the trees
A hundred shades of green
Yet the colors blends across the land
Pooh and friends are just like trees
Each one is unique
Tigger dances as he pleases,
Piglet’s small and often meek
Though Rabbit sometimes makes a fuss,
they love him just the same
And they still love Owl when he takes too long to speak
Friends Around the World
All in harmony
Holding hands together side-by-side
Friends around the world
Living underneath the same blue sky
Friends around the world
Is a special place, wherever there is Pooh
While Eeyore shows a gloomy face,
in his own way he’s special too
And though they all have difference,
as different as they are
They are best of friends through and through
I know I did not do a good job in explaining this, though I tried… but that’s okay.
I cannot, and will never be able to, explain in words this overwhelming love towards the adorable little bear.
But hopefully you can feel this tingle in your heart, as well? 🙂