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From Winnie-the-Pooh's Little Book of Wisdom:
Personal Thoughts: When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you sometimes find that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out in the open and has other people looking at it.
Set Priorities: Nearly eleven o'clock is time for a little smackerel or something.
Check your Store Cupboard: It's sort of comforting to know if you have fourteen pots of honey left, or fifteen, as the case may be.
Anticipation: Although Eating Honey is a very good thing to do, there is a moment before you begin to eat it which is better than when you are.
Plan ahead: Many a bear going out on a warm day would never think of bringing a little something with him
Have a Friendly Day: When you've been walking in the wind for miles, and you suddenly go into somebody's house and he says, "Hello, Pooh, you're just in time for a little smackerel of something," and you are, then it;s what I call a Friendly Day
Take Time to Relax: What I like doing best is Nothing. It's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it, "What are you going to do?" and you say "Oh, Nothing," and then you go and do it. Doing nothing means just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear and not bothering.
Control you Stress Levels: To seem quite at ease hum tiddely-pom once or twice in a what-shall-we-do-now kind of way.
A Little Caution: When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is not to let the bees know you're coming.
A matter of Taste: The wrong sort of bess would make the wrong sort of honey.
Cold Logic: It's no good going home to practise a Special Outdoor Song which Has To Be Sung In The Snow.
Keep Busy: It's just the day for doing things.
Don't Procrastinate: If you're always saying, "We'll see," nothing ever happens
Assess your Surroundings: When your house doesn't look like a house and looks like a tree that has been blown down, it is time you tried to find another one.
Supposition: Supposing a tree fell down when you were underneath it? Supposing it didn't?
Expediency: You never know when a bit of string might be Useful.
Insight: It's best to know what you are looking for before you look for it.
Accept Yourself: "Pooh," said Rabbit kindly, "you haven't any brain." "I know," said Pooh humbly.
Improve your Brain Power: How wonderful to have a Real Brain which could tell you things.
Understanding: Rabbit is clever. Rabbit has Brain. I suppose that's why he never understands anything.
Self Knowledge: Pooh hasn't much Brain, but he never comes to any harm. He does silly things and they turn out right.
You can't be Good at Everything: When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain you're never much good at riddles.
Management Skills: A very Clever Brain could catch a Heffalump if he knew the right way to go about it.
Knowledge: If you stood on the bottom rail of a bridge, and lent over, and watched the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you would suddenly know everything that there is to be known.
Keeping Trim: A bear, however hard he tries, Grows tubby without exercise.
Why You Can't: It all comes of liking honey so much.
Companionship: It isn't much good having anything exciting, if you can't share it with somebody. It's so much more friendly with two.
Admire Someone: You can;t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY.
Self Appreciation: "What sort of stories does he like?" "About himself. Because he's that sort of Bear." The Best Bear in all the World.
Time Management: "They always take longer than you think." said Rabbit. "How long do you think they'll take?" asked Roo.
Action: When you have nothing else to do, do something.
Decision making: When you've been thinking you can come to some very important decisions.
Take the Initiative: Like Rabbit, never let things come to you, always, go out and fetch them.
Organisation: Is what happens when you do a search and you don't all look in the same place at once.
Be prepared: Brush the honey off your nose, spruce yourself up so as to look Ready for Anything.
Sociability: A good reason for going to see everybody is because it's Thursday.
A Little Philosophy: Sometime, the more you think the more there is no real answer.
Whenever you Feel Afraid: To show you haven't been frightened jump up and down once or twice in an exercising sort of way.
Make a Brave Gesture: Just hum to yourself as if you are waiting for something.
Anxious Moments: If you look round and see a Very Fierce Heffalump looking down at you, sometimes you forget what you were going to say.
Be Careful!: You can never tell with bees, you can never tell with paw -marks, and you can NEVER tell with Heffalumps.
Don't Worry: When you get a sinking feeling, don't worry, it's probably because you're hungry.
Practise the Art of Disguise: When asked if that's you, pretend it isn't you and see what happens.
Spare Time: While you wonder what to do, sit down and sing a song.
Punctuality: Don't be late for whatever you want to be in time for.
Try a Little Spontaneity: Do a Good Thing to Do without thinking about it.
If at First you Don't Succeed: If the strings breaks, try another piece of string.
Find Comfort: Nobody can be un-cheered with a balloon.
Say it With Flowers: How sad it is to be animal who has never had a bunch of Violets picked for him.
Gastronomic Disappointment: A very Nearly tea is one you forget about afterwards.
Confusion: Pooh looked at his two paws. He knew that one of them was the right, and he knew that when you had decided which one of them was the right, then the other one was the left, but he could never remember how to begin.
Solving Storage Problems: A Useful Pot can make you glad. It;s for putting things in.
Always Ask: Being a Faithful Knight might mean you just go on being faithful without being told things.
Look on the Bright Side: Everybody is all right really. That's what I think.
Manners: Always say Goodbye-and-thank-you-for-a-nice-time.
Be Open to Creativity: Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. All you can do is to go where they can find you.
Bravery: To only blinch inside is the bravest way for A very Small Animal not to blinch that there is.
Make Yourself Needed: Without Pooh the adventure would be impossible... Impossible without Me! That sort of Bear.
Love your Neighbour as Yourself: "Oh bear!" said Christopher Robin. "How I do love you!" "So do I," said Pooh.
Enjoy Yourself: What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying "What about a little something?" and Me saying, "Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet," and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing.
Learn from Experience: "That's funny," said Pooh. "I dropped it on the other side," said Pooh, "and it came out on this side! I wonder if it would do it again?" And he went back for some more fir-cones. It did. It kept on doing it.
Look Out!: An Ambush is a sort of surprise. So is a gorse-bush sometimes.
Listening Skills: There are twelve pots of honey in my cupboard and they've been calling me for hours. I couldn't hear then properly before because Rabbit would keep talking, but if nobody says anything except those twelve pots, the I shall know where they're coming from.
Be Caring: A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference. ... and Kind Be Kind and Thoughtful.
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