The Wisdom of Winnie the Pooh

“Doing nothing often leads to the very best something.” -Winnie the Pooh

Post Session Podcast is an ocean themed podcast with the stoke of a surf session and the wise guidance of an ocean voyager. Click to listen to Episode 12.

I just finished watching Christopher Robin. The Ewan McGregor movie about the 100 Acre Woods and the excursions of Robin and his childhood friends. And let me tell you, I love Ewan so much more as Christopher Robin than the heroine addicted, Mark Renton, in Trainspotting (blah!). While watching I realized the theme of the movie is the antithesis of the everything our society holds dear. The adult version of Christopher Robin had lost himself in his work. He’s climbing the ladder at his job and at the expense of his family. His family unit is unraveling in front of him and he’s oblivious. Consistently choosing work. And at the perfect moment, Winnie the Pooh, his childhood friend, appears back on the scene and reminds him that, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best something.”

The movie is packed with smart quotes and challenges what has become our societal value system, money, work and more of both. I love this movie and I absolutely love that it demands a call for action. It encourages the need for balance and the reorganization of our hierarchy of importance. Putting family and friends back on top, above our work and the demand for more consumption. There’s not mention of God on the heirarchy but that’s another subject. As it stands, the movie offers just the kind of deep breath most of us are too busy to take. Well guess what? You can’t survive without breathing.

A.A. Milne hasn’t received the credit he deserves as an author to adults. Growing up Winnie the Pooh and his adventures are considered children’s fare but they are anything but. If you haven’t checked out Christopher Robin, please do. Heed it’s advice and choose balance. Choose the things that are eternally impactful, not the fleeting glitter of this world. When you’re too old to work or too tired to chase the dream what will you be left with? If your answer doesn’t feel like enough, time for a change. It’s never too late to pull up some anchors and change your course.

Listen to the things we do to alter course in Episode 12.

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