I recently had a chance to watch the 2018 Disney Film, Christopher Robins, directed by Marc Foster. It was an adorable film. The whole family enjoyed it. But what touched me most was the elements of recovery the movie contained.
It is quite clear to me that our cute and cuddly friend pooh is a sugar addict. What else would describe his undeniable urge for honey. Pooh will go to any length to acquire and use his drug of choice. Am I any different?
But Winnie the Pooh teaches us so many vital lessons about life and happiness. He teaches us to be patient, to live in acceptance and to love. He shows us how to appreciate the life we have and how to simply just be.
I am struck by a memory of me and my sister, Gabrielle, running around house as a child screaming 'tut, tut, looks like rain' at the top of our lungs. It always brought us to laughter an still does to this day.
Pooh teaches us to be gentle with ourselves to be patient and kind with ourselves. To love ourselves into the people that we have always wanted to be.
Now when I was a kid, I could never much relate to Winnie the Pooh. Tigger on the other hand, now there is a cat I can relate to. All over the place, mind going a million miles a minute, couldn't sit still for two minutes to save my life. All action no thought. Just go! Go! Go!
I had to learn a lot from people who were more like Pooh. I had to be gentle with myself. I had to not attack myself for every little mistake. I had to see the day in front of me for what it was. An opportunity to grow and change. I leave you with this pooh-ism.
"What day is it?, asked Winnie the Pooh"It's today," squeaked Piglet"My favorite day," said Pooh
Learn to love today, by golly its the only today your going to get today.
If you are in or are seeking recovery I strongly suggest you see this film. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.