Thursday, June 4, 2009

Childhood Lessons from the Looking Glass



Today I found a very interesting article entitled the Winnie the Pooh Guide to Blogging. Once again, this bear of little brain comes through with marvelous pearls of wisdom. And, as we all know, this cannot be an easy feat when your head is full of fluff. (BTW this really is a good article.)

From there my little brain got to wandering through a plethora of treasures from childhood literature contemplating many great lessons I have learned and insights gained.

Dick and Jane taught me to finish what I start and to appreciate a great love of reading.

Nancy Drew taught me to believe in myself. She taught lessons of observation, to use the art of reason and to think things through.

Dorothy Gale (Wizard of Oz) taught me “There’s no place like home”

Augustus Goop (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) taught me not to scarf the chocolate. Oh, okay, fine…the lesson of moderation.

Alice (Alice in Wonderland) taught me that things just get curiouser and curiouser.

Peter Pan taught me to think happy thoughts, and to believe in pixies and the wonderment of childhood.

Pinocchio taught me dreams can come true.

Cinderella taught me a dream is a wish your heart makes….and that a great pair of shoes can change your life.

And, perhaps two of my favorite lessons:

Dumbledore (Harry Potter) taught me that “it is our choices that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities”.

And…

Christopher Robin (Winnie the Pooh) taught me to always remember: “You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Just a thought...





What have your favorite characters taught you?




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16 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

What a great post! I hadn't thought about all the things we learned from our favorite characters. Thanks for reminding me...

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Marybeth Poppins said...

I have to say that the Dumbledore one is my favorite...but closely followed up with Cinderella. :)

Galen Kindley said...

Yeah, that was a good Poo Blurb. Thanks for the link, and, very clever...how you didn’t just highlight “here” but used meaningful text. Good job, Grasshopper!

I thought number four was good, particularly since I run the chattiest, most rambling blog in the world with asides galore and plenty of gonna, woulda, and shouldas. I long since tossed the Thesaurs…tueshsar…whatever that dictionary-like thing is.

Okay, characters that influenced me? Nope, none that I can think of. I’m afraid I’m too shallow to be move much by literature…but, I’m working on becoming a SNAG…Sensitive New Age Guy…so, maybe that will change.

Help me out, didn’t Dumbledore say, “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” That’s my favorite DD line. It applies to almost everything we do, everyday. From what to eat, to skipping exercise, to well, you name it. Maybe that’s an influence.

Best Regards, Galen.
GalenKindley.com

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Elizabeth! I saw that post about Winnie the Pooh's guide to Blogging and it just got me thinking...

Thanks for stopping by!

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

Karen Walker said...

Nancy, I think this is my favorite post of yours so far. Thanks for these gentle, wonderful reminders.
Karen
http://www.karenfollowingthewhispers.blogspot.com

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Marybeth! Great to see you here. Yes, the Dumbledore line is actually one of my all time favorite quotes. Of course there's always's Scarlet O'Hara "I can't think about it right now or I'll just go crazy! I'll think about it tomorrow." She is my hero, lol.

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

N A Sharpe said...

Oh yes, wise Master Galen. I have learned much from you and your worldly advice. I am heading to your blog now to see what lesson lies in wait!

You are quite correct with your DD trivia. He is a wise wizard, indeed.

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Karen! Awww..thanks! I had fun playin' around with the blog today!

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

Helen Ginger said...

What great lessons.

And I say, keep the "scarf the chocolate."

Helen
Straight From Hel

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Helen!

Keep the chocolate you say?! (Dabs handkerchief at misting eyes) My inner child thanks you!! Of course my inner child is roughly the size of a Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloon...oh well.

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

Patricia Stoltey said...

Also my favorite post so far. The books we read as children stay with us forever. And what a great approach. It appears, however, that I should read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory again. I missed that lesson on moderation.

Patricia

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Patricia!

LOL, yes I admit, I have the recurring dream of getting stuck in the tube leading from the chocolate river to the marshmallow room. I wake up craving graham crackers to complete the s'mores!

Have a great evening and thanks for stopping!

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

Alexis Grant said...

This is cute! My list would be very similar to yours...

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Alexis,

Thanks for stopping by! Just my little mind wandering after I found the blog by Pooh link, lol.

Have a great day!

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I love this, Nancy.

Scarlett is my favorite. She gives me an excuse for procrastination. I'll think about it tomorrow.

Dorothy too. There's no place like home.

YOu have some very good ones. I can't think of any others at the moment.

Bev

http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Bev!

LOL, yes this was a fun post. I LOVE Scarlett. The lesson of procrastination is one I have learned well!

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

 
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