What's your favorite children's book? Is there one you have a copy of and turn to again and again? I certainly do. I use children's books in kids yoga all the time (there are so many hidden nuggets of wisdom throughout!). And, I haven't gotten over my love for Winnie the Pooh. A few years ago, my dad picked up a first edition book for me. I’m still upset at our bluetick hound for gnawing the corners off as a puppy...
I dusted off Winnie's worn pages recently and came across one of my very favorite Pooh passages that I just have to share with you:
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"
"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.”
― A.A. Milne
This little conversation has really stuck with me. So, let’s think about it. When you get up in the morning, what is the first thing YOU say to yourself? How do you feel? What do you immediately do? I’m an early riser, and for awhile there, I would immediately look at my phone (at 6:00 a.m.), thinking Oh my gosh what did I miss overnight? Who emailed me? Who responded to an Insta post? What podcast is showing up in my feed? What emails must I get to?
That trail of thought led in no way to a peaceful, positive outlook on the morning. I would look over my phone, drink my hot lemon water, and then settle down for meditation, but now my mind was full of THINGS. And, THINGS that didn’t really matter, that could actually have a negative impact on the day and certainly made it harder to meditate.
Now, I know not all of us are morning people (actually, I think everyone is a morning person when we get enough sleep, sleep WELL, and have a morning routine, but that’s another post); however, I think we all can commit to a brighter outlook in the A.M. Instead of growling at our alarm clocks and crawling out of bed, trudging to the coffee pot and then immediately grabbing technology to see what we missed, what if we could be like Piglet? What if we could look forward to joy?
Ask yourself, “What exciting could happen today?” I swear, it totally shifts your perspective. Even if you’re in a job you don’t like. Even if you’re so stressed out from all the birthday parties and after school activities for your little ones. Even if you didn’t get much sleep the night before. Something exciting really could be in store. And, it doesn’t even have to be that monumental. Take Pooh. He can’t wait for breakfast. And, maybe that’s all it takes is a morning sit-down of oatmeal or cereal with your family. Or, a warm cup of tea post workday with a friend. Or, maybe it's the big break at work you've been waiting for or the offer on a house to go through. Each is significant.
Try this: Every day this week, before opening your computer, before reading the paper, before diving into the endless scroll of your iPhone, ask yourself, “What exciting could happen today?” And, let me know what happens. As always, I love to hear from you. And, if a children’s book has shared a particular valuable lesson in your life, please do share! I’d love to add another to our collection.
- Leanne Matullo