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"Eeyore's Secrets of Happiness - The Tao of Pooh"
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Sometimes we can’t find our happy place alone, and that's where friends come in, who can help us to lift ourselves from their own experiences. Sometimes we are sad, and need someone to help cheer us up! Each friend is unique and has different suggestions and advice to offer us, like the friends of Eeyore. The following are the things, each friend of Eeyore felt like would help him to be happy. Here is the setting: Eeyore was sitting up on top of a mountain with rain clouds hovering overhead, and looking pretty sad.
Piglet: “If I were a very sad animal, I’d want somebody to cheer me up!"
Tigger: “Roo and me will teach him how to bounce.”
Tigger: “Yeah, and you’ll be twice as happy, because you have twice as many legs to bounce with.
Eeyore: Why'd you do that?
Owl: Because it's time for your solo. How I remembered my first flight, soring on high, the wind in my feathers... the whole world opening up before me.
(Friends can jump in and do their best to help us to be happy and try to lift our spirits, but we should not become dependent on others to create happiness for us. It's like learning how to fly, once we are finally lifted up, we need to be able to do it on our own, and as owl says, "Take our own first flight, and letting the whole world open up before him.")
Piglet: Oh Eeyore, I'd love to, I'm supposed to, but I guess I'm really here to apologize. you are always sitting up here so sad, and everyone did such a good job of cheering you up, and I had no way to make you happy.
Eeyore: "So that's what this is all about. I'm grateful to you all, even if you almost killed me. But I don't come up here because I'm sad, I come up here because I'm happy. Let me show you something, because you are a good friend. Now watch that cloud. (Piglet watches the clouds look so pretty, when the sunshine comes shining through a break in the dark clouds.) Eeyore turns things around and invites his friends to join him to see why he likes being up on the mountain.
Piglet: "Thank you for sharing this Eeyore, it's made everyone so happy."
Eeyore: " Just returning the favor."
When our friends rally around us at our most difficult times in life, like Eeyore who was grateful for his friends attempts in trying to cheer him up, he too was able to return the favor and make them happy too, by sharing something with them that is special to him. Piglet simply could not think of a way to cheer him up and did nothing, later feeling the need to apologize for it. There is no need to apologize for lack of knowing what to do, or how to act when a friend is in need. Spending time with that friend might be the very best medicine, you know... lending a listening ear, and being there when a friend is in need.
I hope you saw all the applications that I found in this darling video and use them to be the friend of an Eeyore in your life.