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On why Winnie-the-Pooh is my ultimate life guru

Here comes Day Two of my “3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge”, and I have to admit, so far it has given me much more pleasure than anticipated, so whoever came up with the idea – well done and thank you 🙂

Today’s quote is about accepting the truth about gifts – the size doesn’t matter, it’s the intent that counts.

Winnie-the-Pooh  is undoubtedly an unorthodox choice for quoting material. But seriously, rereading our childhood favourites can uncover new layers in well-known stories. I’m looking forward to having children and rediscovering the treasures of de Saint-Exupéry, Andersen and Milne. Somehow their contribution to literature is limited to children’s books, but I would argue that their interpretations of friendship, sadness and choice have such raw honestly and clarity that make the works of Dostoyevsky seem clumsy and long-winded.

Anyhow, don’t let me go off-topic here…Where was I? Ah, small gifts! Well, that’s really simple – pick the last gift you’ve received from someone that made you smile (like, smile-smile, the kind of smile that you can’t wipe off your face, however hard you try). I bet it was something small, insignificant, not even a “gift” in the way we understand it – your favourite chocolate bar (Snickers, anyone?) when you were feeling down, a bus ticket from a friend who noticed how much you missed your family whilst away at uni…Even a simple hug when you had a bad day!

Those are the things that we value and remember. The little things that restore our faith in humanity 🙂

The best gifts I’ve ever given or received weren’t related to occasions…They were those spontaneous acts of kindness that screamed “I care about you!”, and this is something money will never be able to buy. Many tried to buy happiness only to find themselves asking the same fundamental questions years later.

So, be spontaneous, pay attention to the people you care about and show them your love by creating small moments of happiness.

Stay tuned x

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