On October 14, 1926, Winnie the Pooh was first published, sparking a world-wide love of this silly old bear that became a childhood icon. In honor of this literary classic that has been inspiring children and adults for nearly a century, here are some touching Winnie-the-Pooh moments that carry profound gospel lessons.
Take the Time to Minister and Sit with Others
Thanks to Mormon Life Hacker for making us aware of this touching Winnie-the-Pooh passage.
It occurred to Pooh and Piglet that they hadn’t heard from Eeyore for several days, so they put on their hats and coats and trotted across the Hundred Acre Wood to Eeyore’s house. Inside the house was Eeyore.
"Hello Eeyore," said Pooh.
"Hello Pooh. Hello Piglet," said Eeyore, in a glum sounding voice.
“We just thought we’d check on you," said Piglet, "because we hadn’t heard from you, and so we wanted to know if you were okay."
Eeyore was silent for a moment. "Am I okay?" he asked, eventually. "Well, I don’t know, to be honest. Are any of us really okay? That’s what I ask myself. All I can tell you, Pooh and Piglet, is that right now I feel really rather sad, and alone, and not much fun to be around at all. Which is why I haven’t bothered you. Because you wouldn’t want to waste your time hanging out with someone who is sad, and alone, and not much fun to be around at all, would you now."
Pooh looked and Piglet, and Piglet looked at Pooh, and they both sat down, one on either side of Eeyore in his stick house.
Eeyore looked at them in surprise. "What are you doing?"
“We’re sitting here with you," said Pooh, "because we are your friends. And true friends don’t care if someone is feeling sad, or alone, or not much fun to be around at all. True friends are there for you anyway. And so here we are."
“Oh," said Eeyore. "Oh." And the three of them sat there in silence, and while Pooh and Piglet said nothing at all; somehow, almost imperceptibly, Eeyore started to feel a very tiny little bit better.
Because Pooh and Piglet were there.
No more; no less.
“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today," said Pooh.
"There there," said Piglet. "I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”
Live in the Moment and Enjoy the Simple Things
"What day is it?"
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.
"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.
“I was just sitting here enjoying the company. Plants got a lot to say if you take the time to listen.”
Reach Out to Others and Smile
“You can’t always sit in your corner of the forest and wait for people to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
“Always wear a smile, because your smile is a reason for many others to smile!”
The People in Our Life Are What Matter
"We'll be friends forever, won't we, Pooh?" asked Piglet.
"Even longer," Pooh answered.
“How lucky I am having something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
“Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So today is my new favorite day.”
Be Patient and Look on the Bright Side
“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”
Don't Be Afraid to Look at the World in Your Own Way
"There's the South Pole," said Christopher Robin, "and I expect there's an East Pole and a West Pole, though people don't like talking about them."
"The things that make me different are the things that make me ME."
“How would it be,” said Pooh slowly, “if, as soon as we’re out of sight of this Pit, we try to find it again?”
“What’s the good of that?” said Rabbit.
“Well,” said Pooh, “we keep looking for Home and not finding it, so I thought that if we looked for this Pit, we’d be sure not to find it, which would be a Good Thing, because then we might find something that we weren’t looking for, which might be just what we were looking for, really.”
“I don’t see much sense in that,” said Rabbit.
“No,” said Pooh humbly, “there isn’t. But there was going to be when I began it. It’s just that something happened to it on the way.”
Take Time to Be with People You Love
“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh,” he whispered.
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw, “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”
Life Is a Journey and an Adventure
"Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved."
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
It's the Small Things in Life That Count
"Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”
“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.”
Love Brings Happiness to Ourselves and Others
Piglet: “How do you spell love?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell it. You feel it.”
"Love is taking a few steps backwards, maybe even more, to give way to the happiness of the person you love."