Though most of us probably don’t know what a mulberry bush looks like, we may have sung this little ditty when we were kids. If you recall it, you sang a section, then, another group sang the next section in a round that could go on until you all ran out of steam to dream up another verse. You may have gone round and round until you were dizzy. Some days, life feels like that. Do you ever get up in the morning sounding like Eeyore? Perhaps sounding a bit like this…?
“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.”
A.A. Milne gave Eeyore a perspective that we can identify with more than we like to admit. We often wonder just what it is that should give us any reason at all to usher in a new day with joy and gratitude. We aren’t even sure what to do with a new day sometimes.
Ah, here’s where we can change things up a bit. Here’s where we can stop just spinning our wheels and start listening for the music in a new way. All we have to do is take a brief inventory of the things that mean the world to us, the little things that make a difference in our lives and fill us with gratitude. We simply have to start counting our blessings and if we do, we may find that the song goes on and on and truly never ends.
Whatever the world looks like to you this morning, grab that first cup of warm coffee, put your toes into those old slippers that always make you feel toasty and happy and send a little shout out to God for all the good things in your life. You’re smart and kind, and awesome, and talented, and surrounded by people who care about you and love you just as you are. You’re mendable, healable, lovable, flexible, and otherwise “able” in a million ways to take on the world and make a difference.
You don’t have any need for an Eeyore moment because you already know what you bring to the day and what the day can bring to you, and you know it best when you stay wonderfully connected to the Source of joy and light and wisdom who knows better than anyone on earth exactly what you need. So, get off the merry-go-round of defeat, dance around the mulberry bush and keep your heart and mind focused on the blessings of the day. Ready, set, sing! “Here we go round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush. Here we go round the mulberry bush so early in the morning.” Oh, and let’s add another verse. “This is the way we’ll thank our Lord, thank our Lord, thank our Lord. This is the way we’ll thank our Lord for all that we have today!” Go ahead and add your own chorus and make it a great day of gaiety and song and dance, because we all can, even if some of us don’t.