Winnie the Pooh has been a favorite for many families for almost 100 years now. If you’ve read or seen this classic, which character do you most resemble? Pooh, Rabbit, Piglet, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Owl? Eeyore? Ahh, Eeyore. The Gloomy Gus who seems to be always losing his tail.
Do You Have Friends Like This?
Nothing ever was going right for poor Eeyore. Even when things seemed to be going right, his outlook was that this was only temporary, and things would soon be back to its pernicious plight. I think we all know someone like this. You know, someone who you dare not ask how things are going – because you know they are going to tell you.
Going from Bad to Worse
These are the people who brighten a room…by leaving. The truth is things for these people are getting worse. Why? Because so much of what we get in terms of knowledge, information, encouragement, and opportunity come from others. And if few people want to be around these Eeyore types, then they by nature get less opportunity, encouragement, etc.
Couldn’t Be Better
Compare that to those who seem to have a Midas touch. Everything they try just seems to work. Have you ever noticed with these people that others seem naturally drawn to them? This means that they have more access to information, knowledge, encouragement, and opportunity.
What if I’m and Eeyore?
If you are in the Eeyore category, and you want your life to be different, you need to develop into someone that others want to be around. The first and best step is to write out everything you are grateful for. If you take this exercise seriously, you will be surprised at how much you have to be thankful for. You could start with the fact that you are created in the Image of God who loved His creation so much He sent His Son.
I’m reminded of Corrie ten Boom who was able to be thankful even for the fleas because the guards wouldn’t come into their barracks due to the infestation. If she could find a way to be thankful while in a Nazi death camp, I think you can find a few things wherever you are.
When you are grateful, you can’t be gloomy. And a grateful heart naturally makes for a hopeful outlook. And hope draws others to you wanting to know the reason for this hope you have. You become someone others want to be around which brings an increase in opportunity, knowledge, information, and encouragement. And this makes for increased success in many aspects of your life.
What Are You Grateful For?
Write some things you are grateful for in the comments below. Then make a more exhaustive list for yourself and post it on your fridge, on your computer, dashboard of your car, wherever you can see it easily. Add to this list daily. It will do your heart, your family, your friends, and your career lots of good. And you may find you are no longer losing your tail.