Are you living up to your highest potential?
Below you will find a (hopefully) familiar scene from “Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin.” Here, Christopher Robin is giving Pooh a word of advice in case they are ever apart, which Pooh cannot even begin to fathom. The transcript from the movie which follows somehow ALWAYS brings me to tears. (see below photo)
Christopher Robin: “Pooh Bear, what if someday there came a tomorrow when we were apart?”
Pooh: “As long as we’re apart together, we shall certainly be fine.”
CR: “Yes, yes, of course. But if, if we weren’t together… if i were somewhere else?”
P: “Oh, but you really couldn’t be, as I would be quite lost without you. Who would I call on those days when I’m just not strong enough or brave enough?”
CR: “Well, actually…”
P: “And who would I ask for advice when I didn’t know which way to turn?”
CR: “Pooh, we…”
P: “We… we simply wouldn’t be.”
CR: “Oh, Pooh. If ever there’s a tomorrow when we’re not together, there’s something you must remember.”
P: “And what might that be, Christopher Robin?”
CR: “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
P: “Oh, that’s easy. We’re braver than a bee, and, uh, longer than a tree, and taller than a goose… or, uh, was that a moose?”
CR: “No, silly, old bear! You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you. I’ll always be with you. I’ll always be with you.”
-From “Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin”
If you really look to the depths of this movie (I might have to watch it again) you will see, even in the transcript above, that Pooh looked to Christopher Robin when he didn’t feel brave brave, for strength, and advice. Christopher Robin was Poohs’ confidant, his person to rely on when the world, and his common slumps of depression became all too much to bear (insert pun here)
Imagine what we could do if we thought and believed we were capable of so much more, if we were fearless, if we silenced our doubting mind.
All too often we set limits and excuses for ourselves. I mean, it’s easier to find all the reasons we can’t do something. Our false limitations are usually pretty obvious. We begin to believe that the limits we set for ourselves are real, we create these walls for ourselves. Sometimes we can’t see beyond these walls and we begin to feel safe with our limitations… Just as Pooh felt safe with Christopher Robin by his side.
What walls have you bore a hole in to see through the limits, to see the possibilities?
What walls have you broken down to reach those possibilities?
Always remember… “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”