There aren’t many movies that move me, and there aren’t many quotes that touch me, but I recently saw the movie, Christopher Robin, and I thought it was flawless. I am no movie critique, but from the cinematography to the special effects to the plot, this movie was amazing, in my eyes.
As adults we all get so caught up in tomorrow, what we need to get done, where we need to be, what work needs to be taken care of, what meetings we need to attend instead of living “in the now.” We forget to live as Pooh lives:
“What day is it?” asked Pooh
“It’s today,” said Christopher.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
Grownups tend to get so involved in the “now” or the convenience of today we tend to not listen to our kids, or better yet we have forgotten how to be a kid ourselves. So as Pooh says:
"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."
When your kid asks you to sit down and play Legos, you sit down and play Legos. That laundry can wait. Or that classwork can wait. So, you stay up an extra hour after his sweet head hits the pillow that night to turn your assignment in. It is totally worth it to see the smile on his face as you sit on the floor Indian Style and stack the logs onto his Lego train as he drives it past.
[Adults] We always feel like we must be in control. We must have our calendar color coded, we must be on time everywhere, our files must be in order, our desks must be spotless. Basically, our lives must be navigable if for some reason we were to exit a day earlier than planned. But why? Being a little disorganized is okay. Maybe not in all aspects. But a little spontaneity, a little excitement and the ability to revert to being a kid and not having the weight of the world on our shoulders isn’t such a horrible concept.
“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” Said Pooh.
As an adult have you ever just done nothing? I know I haven’t in a really long time. And seeing this movie is the first time in a long time that I have been irresponsible and thrown caution to the wind and done something “negligent.” I got all my work done early, and I went and saw a movie with my little one during work hours. I have decided for the sake of my health, my kids, and making memories that I am going to start doing a whole lot more of “nothing,” and enjoying it and not feeling guilty. For that is always my biggest nemeses, is myself. If I were to do nothing, like sit on my dock and stare at the water, I feel like I should be doing the laundry, or watering plants, or cooking. But not anymore. No more guilt. I’m with Pooh, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something.”
“..."But what I like doing best is Nothing," said Christopher.
"How do you do Nothing," asked Pooh.
"Well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it, What are you going to do Christopher Robin, and you say, Oh, nothing, and you go and do it." "
Oh, I see," said Pooh.
But regardless of how you choose to live your life, as a hurried adult, as a playful child, or a little bit of both; you must never lose sight of who you are, nor lose your purpose or your direction in life and most importantly don’t become a Woozle or a Heffalump. Sometimes you may feel like you’re going in circles, but if you stay the course you will be fine. Like Pooh tells Christopher, “Keep North.”
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