I am always intrigued by how we try to keep the focus on the positives in our life when we “tweet”, “message”, and “post” on social media. We put our best foot forward. We exemplify the best version of ourselves. We look for the good. We forgive those that have hurt us. We preach about showing empathy and being respectful. It is the creation of our personal “brand” lived out through the social media cloud.
All those things are amazing to be and to strive for. What I do not see a lot of is honesty. I’m not saying that people are dishonest but I am saying that there are times that things aren’t as rosy as all the social media feeds would like us to believe.
All those things are amazing to be and to strive for. What I do not see a lot of is honesty. I’m not saying that people are dishonest but I am saying that there are times that things aren’t as rosy as all the social media feeds would like us to believe. And while we are being honest, let us also recognize the permanent Eeyore of the group.
Oh wait, does everyone know who Eeyore is? He was the opposite of Tigger. At least I always felt like he was the opposite of Tigger. Please don’t tell me that you don’t know who Tigger is. If not, you need to get in touch with your inner Winnie the Pooh. If you don’t know who that is then you really have not lived.
Between Pooh, his friends and his lovely companion Christopher Robin always fretting about rain, you missed some very special lessons that only books can bring us sometimes. The simplest of nature. The challenges that are faced. The different ways of looking at poor Pooh stuck in a tree because he was in his constant search for “hunny”. The “oh bother” of a problem that needed to be solved and the different input each gave to the solution of the problem.
Life was good but it wasn’t perfect. Life had problems to solve. There would be times that Tigger would bounce around obsessively, Rabbit would boss everyone around, Piglet would forever be unsure of himself, Owl would share his wise yet scatterbrained thoughts and Eeyore would lose his tail but they all learned to live with one another and come together.
I might have to go read a bit more about Pooh and his adventures to refresh my memory of what life used to be like when we admitted that the world wasn’t perfect. A time when we all tried to get along and accepted our differences. That together we could solve problems. That the “tut tut it looks like rain” just meant we needed to warn each other of an impending storm. That we could all take cover under Christopher Robin’s umbrella and assist each other in weathering the storms of life.
Yes, I think it’s time for me to spend some time in the Hundred Acre Woods. I can’t wait to see what adventures await.