555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 91.
Time Awake: 8:00 a.m., then snooze all the way until 8:41.
I’ve started reading “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff. The author takes Taoist principles and applies them to Winnie the Pooh. Taoism, essentially, is living Life without preconceived notions. Why Pooh? The back cover explains:
“While Eeyore frets
…and Piglet hesitates
…and Rabbit calculates
…and Owl pontificates
…Pooh just is.”
An excerpt from “Winnie the Pooh” demonstrates this. Pooh’s first thoughts in the morning are, “What’s for breakfast?” When Piglet awakes, he wonders to himself, “I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?”
“It’s the same thing,” Pooh replies.
The author compares this to Taoism:
“But, through working in harmony with life’s circumstances, Taoist understanding changes what others may perceive as negative into something positive. From the Taoist point of view, sourness and bitterness come from the interfering and unappreciative mind. Life itself, when and understood and utilized for what it is, is sweet.”
This is not to say that we should sit back and passively take whatever comes our way.
We must be diligent with our plans and goals, actively participating in our Lives. What’s important is the perspective we keep while dealing with all of it, particularly the difficult or negative things.
Pooh has been dealing in Taoist principles and I’ve only realized it now. My Mom read the Winnie the Pooh books to me when I was a kid, and when I was old enough I read them to her. Pooh, along with “The Little Prince” helped build foundations that I carry with me now at the age of 36.
It’s nice to revisit Pooh after so many years. He taught me well and far more than I’ve realized.