“Promise me you’ll always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
Profound and wise words from one little boy to his best friend. A friend who in this case happens to be a softly spoken, cuddly bear by the name of Winnie the Pooh.
This simple yet classic AA Milne quote has been used as inspiration by many for years. As we begin 2016 with New Year’s resolutions on our mind and Milne’s birthday on the horizon, what better way to start than by celebrating the power of friendship?
The relationships between the characters in Milne’s books are full of and warmth and moments which remind us of the importance of friendship. Forging friendships is especially important at school; positive relationships help children to become caring and thoughtful people like Christopher Robin, Piglet and Pooh. Their words can certainly teach us a thing or two about how to treat others.
No matter our age however, remembering friends is essential… it can be hard in our busy, full lives to find time to stay connected to existing friends, let alone take to time to make new ones. Pooh again leads the way, promising Christopher Robin as he goes off to school that he will never forget him ‘not even when I’m a hundred’. Friendships take invested time and thought, but improve our personal wellbeing. So make the time this year- book an evening out, arrange that play date, call them or even send a quick text to show you care.
The 21st of January is also National Hug day – something that Pooh would be quick to celebrate. Hugs are scientifically proven to make us feel good, shown even to lower blood pressure. So spread the love and find someone to hug because “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” Plus, it’s good for your health!
Let’s give the final words on friendships to the experts: Pooh and his friends, Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and Christopher Robin…
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
On not losing sight of what’s important
Piglet: “How do you spell love?” Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams we can be together all the time.”
“Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more… to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”
“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.”
By Jo St. Quinton