A Song of Pooh

Just wanted to share an excerpt from the book called The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff about Inner Nature and The Way of Self-Reliance.

Original drawings of Winnie the Pooh by E.H. Shepard

No two people are the same, either. Everything has its own Inner Nature. Unlike other forms of life, though, people are easily led away from what's right for them, because people have a Brain, and Brain can be fooled.

Inner nature, when relied on, cannot be fooled. But many people do not look at it or listen to it, and consequently do not understand themselves, they have little respect for themselves, and are therefore easily influenced by others.

But rather than be carried along by circumstances and manipulated by those who can see the weakness and behavior tendencies that we ignore, we can work with our own characteristics and be in control of our own lives. The Way of Self-Reliance starts with recognizing who we are, what we've got to work with, and what works best for us.

"How would you explain it, Pooh?" "With a song." he said. "A little something I just made up." "Go ahead." "Certainly...(cough)."

How can you get very far,

If you don't know Who You Are?

How can you do what you ought,

If you don't know What You've Got?

And if you don't know Which To Do

Of all the things in front of you,

Then what you'll have when you are through

Is just a mess without a clue

Of all the best that can come true

If you don't know What, and Which, and Who

"That's it," he said, leaning back and closing his eyes. "A masterpiece."

The Tao of Pooh is a book written by Benjamin Hoff to demonstrate how Winnie the Pooh's way of life seems strangely close to the Chinese principles of Taoism. :)

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