“Good morning, Pooh Bear,” said Eeyore gloomily. “If it is a good morning,” he said. “Which I doubt,” said he.
“Why, what’s the matter?”
“Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing. We can’t all, and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it.”
“Can’t all what?” said Pooh, rubbing his nose.
“Gaiety. Song-and-dance. Here we go round the mulberry bush.”
When A.A.Milne cast the character of Eeyore as one of the “glass almost always half empty” friends of Winnie the Pooh, he struck a chord that most of us recognize in ourselves or someone in our own friendship circle. The spirit of negativity has been alive and well and is always kicking something. Like annoying commercials on TV, the volume always seems to be turned up.
Often, you can’t get to the route of whatever is troubling a naysayer. Much like the exchange between Pooh and Eeyore, it seems they just wake up believing it’s going to be another day that’s sure to yank their tail. It certainly can’t be worth a little happy dance. So how do we change that perspective and get all around the mulberry bush?
Perhaps before we go to bed at night, we need to prepare ourselves for a little attitude adjustment by the early morning light. If it’s raining, we can be thankful we didn’t have to pay to water the lawn. We can grumble about our jobs or be glad we’ve got one. We can be the sculptor of our own day, shaping it with all the tools we have, discovering the options to make it better and being awed that we have the talent to do so many things.
If we do all that, by the time our feet hit the floor, the music will have already started, the dance of today’s life will have begun, and we can find even more reasons to be joyful. The smell of a good cup of coffee, the smile of a loved one, the brilliant ideas you can’t wait to share at work or at school or with the people you know…the list goes on and on. I read a comment once that if our prayers started with thanksgiving for all we have, we might not ever get to the laundry list of those few things we don’t have. We’d be all around the mulberry bush dancing up a storm before we even had time to think about what we were missing.
In your heart of hearts, you might be thinking this is all just a bit too pollyanna for you, too ooey-gooey optimistic, but is it? One of the ultimate freedoms of life is to get to choose your responses to it, to get to define for yourself what makes a day a gift to you. Voltaire said, “The most courageous decision you make each day is the decision to be in a good mood.”
Whether we have a great day or a gray day, a sunny day or a cloudy one, the choice is pretty much in our hands. When the weather of your life turns gray, see if you can brighten up your attitude with just one sunny thought. Even Eeyore was able to do it in this further chat with Pooh.
“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“And it’s freezing.”
“Yes,” said Eeyore.
“However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake today.”
As your day unfolds today and each day moving forward, give Eeyore a little grin and step aside from him, and move up to that place where your heart opens to the sunshine. It’s sure to make a difference and a lot more people will be delighted to see you heading their way.
Take a fresh breath and let God renew your attitude and spirit. Then you are ready to put on your new self, modeled after the very likeness of God: truthful, righteous, and holy. (From The Voice: Epehsians 4: 23-23)
Okay, so here we go, up and out, deep breath, ready for those feet to get moving, that heart to get pumping and the day to give you the freedom to dance. Meet you at the mulberry bush!