The Tao of Pooh

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 4.26.38 PMThis summer, I had the pleasure of spending a month with my toes in the sand. The best part about the beach for me is the time, and the permission to sit, relax and enjoy a good read.

The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff is a tiny book with a big message and one of my favorite reads from this summer. In it, Taoist ideas are seamlessly presented through the beloved characters of the Hundred Acre Wood.

As the second week of school is underway, it’s been especially hard for me to integrate myself back into Penn State life. Being thrown into a schedule filled with classes, meetings, socializing, and job prep has been especially overwhelming in contrast to my month spent by the sea.

I decided to reconnect with some of the notes I took while reading and found the ones that resonated with me most, were those focused around time.


“You can’t save time, you can only spend it.” 

How many times have I cut corners in order to save time? Multi-tasked to get things done more quickly?  All the time I was trying to save, was spent thinking of ways to save the time!

Time is precious, spend it how you’d like to, not how you think you have to!

” Busy Backson, convince us that there is a Great Reward waiting for us somewhere, and that what we have to do is spend our lives working like lunatics to catch up with it. Whether it’s up in the sky, behind the next molecule or executive suite. Somehow, it’s further along than we are.” 

But really… isn’t the Great Reward in the living part of our lives. Chasing after the reward is tiring, bottomless and empty. Live the Reward, it’s just within reach.

“Say, Pooh, Why aren’t you busy? 

Because it’s a nice day.”

We have put so much value in “keeping busy.” I understand productivity can feel fulfilling, but why are we so obsessed with always having something to do and somewhere to be?  Ego.

Ego likes to keep us busy and distracted from just enjoying the nice day because well, we might just start enjoying rather than doing and ego will no longer feel so high and mighty. Ego hates feeling small.

So lets give ourselves the permission to chill out, to not always have to be so busy and to just enjoy the nice day.

Being busy is overrated people. Enjoy today.

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