Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known

by Lorin Michel Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:33 PM

Last week, on January 18, was the 132nd anniversary of the birth of one of my favorite writers, Alan Alexander Milne, the English writer made famous by a stuffed bear named Winne-the-Pooh. Next week, on January 31, marks the 58th anniversary of his death. I have long been a fan, ever since I was a child, and have remained so because of his simple and simply profound philosophies on life, love and particularly friendship. Those philosophies were evident in so many of the seemingly throw-away lines that populated the two Pooh books, Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926 and The House at Pooh Corner in 1928.

His odd use of initial caps makes the quotes all the more endearing and special. I don’t know why; I just know that it gives them more import, more reason. It makes them more Pooh.

In my mind, Pooh was the perhaps the greatest philosopher to never have lived. For proof, just read some of these great quotes:

“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”

“'We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet.
Even longer,' Pooh answered.””

“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 for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” 

“'Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.'”

“Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.”

“If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever.”

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”

“'How do you spell love?' - Piglet
'You don't spell it...you feel it.' - Pooh”

And this:
“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”

Sometimes that’s all it takes. The water slipping through your hands, slipping away, making everything clean and new again, seeing it, like life, flow away and yet flow in again is the ultimate definition of what it means to be alive. To know friendship, to have family, to be in love. You hold on to a rail and you let it all go, your emotions, your inhibitions, your anxiety. You let it go so that you can feel, and so that it can wash over you again and again and again.

Because “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”

Perfectly said, always, by Mr. A. A. Milne, in the guise of his Pooh Bear. 

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1/22/2014 9:24:44 AM #

Love this post.

khris United States

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