“Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you’ve got.”
I loved this book as it allowed me to connect with my childhood favourite, Winnie the Pooh. I always knew that this silly old bear spoke words of wisdom from his rumbly tummy to his trademark ‘Oh bother’ when something went wrong.
Taoism is a difficult concept to fully understand but by comparing the happiness and contentment of life to Winnie the Pooh’s easy going lifestyle made me all of a sudden something I could grasp. To further explain the idea that Pooh bear was a Taoist, Hoff compares his way of life to that of Piglets and Eeyore’s.
Whilst Pooh Bear represents the effortless and laid back approach to life, Eeyore represents the negative outlook people can have to life whilst Rabbit represents the busy lifestyle many of us have juggling one thing to another.
I loved how Hoff explained that life is fun and as soon as individuals ignore arrogance, ignorance and the difficulty of life that they will start enjoying it just like Winnie the Pooh who seems to look at problems in a different light to others. The book emphasises the simplicity of life and how individuals can over complicate things because they see importance in things that don’t really matter.
This book is just charming and really puts into perspective how life is for living and finding peace in the life that you enjoy. We shouldn’t stress, be negative or worry because life is life and we should enjoy every aspect of it. Just like Benjamin Hoff I find it difficult to explain too so there’s no better way to say it than a quote from the silly old bear;
“Just how do you do it, Pooh?”
“Do, what?” asked pooh.
“Become so Effortless.”
“I don’t do much of anything,” he said.
“But all those things of yours get done.”
“They just sort of happen,” he said.
“Wait a minute. That reminds me of something from the Tao Te Ching,” I said, reaching for a book. “Here it is – chapter thirty seven. Translated, it reads something like, ‘Tao does not do, but nothing is not done.’”
I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads because not only did it help me to understand more of my favourite childhood bear but also to find a deeper meaning and understanding of life. It should be enjoyed and life should be simple and peaceful, I always knew that there was a lot more to that silly old bear.