A.A Milne

Shared by Karen Krawzcyk

I recently saw the film Goodbye Christopher Robin which told the story of AA Milne.’s return from the First World War with shell shock or what we now call post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The writing of the books were viewed as a way of helping his son to understand about his PTSD.

There are so many great quotes from Winnie the Pooh:

Today, this is the one I love!

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries”

It has humour and gets us to think in a different way.. we wouldn’t normally view disorder as a good thing, and it can be viewed as negative by many people.

However the possibility of uncovering treasure that you thought you had lost and thinking that life is an adventure is very appealing.

AA Milne takes what some may say is not a good trait to have and turns it upside down or reframes it into a great trait to have.

We have choice, we can make it a positive thing to be untidy. Not everyone sees things the way we do.

Here is a personal example: I was anxious about a report I had written and the story in my head was, I’m sorry my report is only short..

However looking at it differently and saying I’ve kept my report concise and brief,you can see that being short may not be a bad thing. It makes it quicker and easier to read…

I could be proud that I had got all the main points across, yet keeping it short.

What story/stories are you telling yourself that don’t help you?

What trait, behaviour do you have that you can reframe?

What do you say or apologize for that if reframed maybe a very positive trait/ thing to have?

Some other AA Milne Winnie the Pooh favourites

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and more loved than you ll ever know”. A great one to have as an affirmation on your fridge!

“You cant stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes” Take that first step.. put your brave pants on, and

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift , that’s why we call it the present” Early appreciation in the western world about the benefits of mind

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