Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 36 comments

New Zealand 2006/2007
Creative Commons License photo credit: Travelling Pooh

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh” ~ A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Dave Fowler September 14, 2008 at 10:03 am

Ah, the wisdom of Pooh.

I used to love it when my Dad used to take us to Pooh Bridge, to play Pooh Sticks.


Chris - Zen to Fitness September 14, 2008 at 11:19 am

Timely thought of the day as I just finished reading “the tao of pooh” great stuff…..

Chris – Zen to Fitnesss last blog post..5 Ways to Add More Excitement to Workouts


Stacey Shipman September 14, 2008 at 11:51 am

So true and so simple. Great thought for a (rainy in Boston) Sunday.


Akemi "spiritual entrepreneur" @ Yes to Me September 14, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Hi Lance,
I saw you at Cath Lawson.
I like Pooh. I also read a book called The Tao Of Pooh — it’s sometimes in the humor section, but it’s actually a very good book on taoism.

Enjoy your weekend.

Akemi “spiritual entrepreneur” @ Yes to Mes last blog post..Heroes Of Healing: Gary Craig


Lance September 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm

@Dave – Pooh Bridge to play Pooh Sticks – fun!! I’ve played similar games with my kids, but without the bridge. It’s always fun to race those sticks!

@Chris – Zen to Fitness — Well, I haven’t heard of that book, but it sounds excellent. I’ll have to check it out!

@Stacey – Yes, I agree wholeheartedly to the truth behind this one. It’s all about having confidence in ourselves. A great thought for a (rainy in Wisconsin) Sunday…

@Akemi – That’s the second time today I’ve heard about the book “The Tao of Pooh”. I need to check it out! Thanks for the heads up (along with Chris).


CG Walters September 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm

these Sunday quotes are one my joys, Lanceman!
I hope you will allow me to include this in my next blog carnival, CelebraZine (Celebrate What’s Right in the World).

blessings to you and all you hold dear,

CG Walterss last blog post..Not an Answer, But the Scenery Along the Way


Annette September 14, 2008 at 4:39 pm

aww…a quote on the lighter side today! I love it! I can’t remember which pooh movie it was, but I cried. I get all gushy for pooh! I like to compare the hubby with Eyore!

Annettes last blog post..Happy Birthday Jacob!


Mark Salinas September 14, 2008 at 5:35 pm

I love it! Thank you! 🙂

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Jean Browman--Cheerful Monk September 14, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Sounds like a great self-fulfilling prophecy to me!

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Kelly@SHE-POWER September 14, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I have always loved this quote by Christopher Robin, and it’s something that every parent should say to their child. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone was taught to see their strengths and told that people have faith in them.

Thanks Lance. And I enjoyed your interview at MizFit.


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Ellen Wilson September 14, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Hi Lance,

I really like this picture of Pooh. It looks like he’s having a good time with the shells.

Everyone need a friend like Christopher Robin.

Ellen Wilsons last blog post..Clean the Toilet and Become a Writer


Lance September 14, 2008 at 8:52 pm

@CG – I’m really glad you enjoy them! And, you are certainly welcome to include them in Celabrazine blog carnival – that’s awesome, thanks!!

@Annette – I have this feeling my wife would compare me to Eeyore too! I’m trying to be more like Tigger, though!

@Mark – Your welcome!

@Jean – I have to agree, it sure does! If we could all just live by that…

@Kelly – Yes! If we could all just pass this on to our children, what a magnificent gift we’d be giving them. Your thought here makes me wonder how well I’m doing at this with my own children…I’ll make sure they know!

@Ellen – Yep, I like the picture too. And, with friends like Christopher Robin, we’d all be a little more confident in our own abilities, wouldn’t we.


Evelyn Lim September 14, 2008 at 11:01 pm

I love Winnie the Pooh!! So do my kids!


Vered - MomGrind September 14, 2008 at 11:22 pm

What a classic. What a great way to silence the negative voices inside our heads!

Vered – MomGrinds last blog post..Almost-Wordless Wednesday: Correct Your Nose Without Operation!


Writer Dad September 15, 2008 at 12:41 am

I love Poo… I mean Pooh. I read “The Tao of Pooh” last year as well. It was good. (I did not like the “Te of Piglet,” however.

Writer Dads last blog post..The Ninth Wonder?


Barbara Swafford September 15, 2008 at 1:33 am

Hi Lance,

That quote reminds me of what we should all be telling our children. Positive affirmations are SO important.

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Linda Abbit September 15, 2008 at 1:35 am

A lovely thought to take into dream world tonight before I start a new week!

Thanks, Lance!


Lance September 15, 2008 at 3:57 am

@Evelyn – Hey, I’m glad to hear it – he’s one pretty cool bear!

@Vered – If we’d all hear this more, it sure would help to silence the “I can’t’s” in our head. And just think where that could take us…

@Writer Dad – Ha! I know you love Poo, errr, Pooh!! Wow, another who has read the “Tao of Pooh”. Again, I’ve got to check it out. “The Te of Piglet” – first I’ve heard of this one (I had to look it up). I’ll stick to the first….

@Barbara – What we should be telling them, and what we are telling them — sometimes two different things. I’m thinking now about what I tell my kids (both verbally and non-verbally). Does it portray the positive? I need to make sure it does…

@Linda – Happy dreams! And, with thoughts of Pooh Bear, you can’t go wrong!


Tara@From Dawn Till rusk September 15, 2008 at 4:04 am

Sure it’s a lovely sentiment and makes me stop and think too, but I can’t help but fret about that Pooh sat on the beach, a pebble beach at that, and wonder if his owner is around if it’s he’s been left or if he’s just been put there for the picture. Tell me he was OK and went home to his cosy place on the end of someone’s bed . . .

Tara@From Dawn Till rusks last blog post..Check your sanity in at the front door and join the party


Thomas Becker October 6, 2010 at 6:08 am

@Tara: Don’t be afraid – Pooh is okay. We had a very good time in NZ, and this year we both walked up to to top of the Kilimanjaro Mountain. He was in much better conditions then me – no problems with the height. Pooh is a strong bear – and I never would do things with him, he did’nt like. (Sorry for my english, I hope, you understand).


Glee Girl September 15, 2008 at 6:56 am

That’s a lovely quote – something we all should remember.

PS Glad I’m not the only one who has taken photos of a stuffed toy on holiday. If only I could post a picture of Grover posing at Vella Beach in northern New South Wales (Australia)…


Dave Fowler September 15, 2008 at 7:04 am

Lance, I think Tara has been at the sugar again. Hehehe.


Stacey / CreateaBalance September 15, 2008 at 9:14 am

Last night I read “Grandpa Toad’s Secret” to my son, which ends w/ Grandpa Toad telling his grandson…”You were brave. You were smart. You were wonderful.” It’s nice to know many children’s books are spreading the same messages.

Stacey / CreateaBalances last blog post..Revisiting Life Passion – Part One


Tom Volkar / Delightful Work September 15, 2008 at 9:29 am

Many folks self-judge way too much. They call it the “not enough syndrome.” These are some very wise words to live by. Knowing these things about yourself takes care of a lot of potential judgment.

Tom Volkar / Delightful Works last blog post..Finding Your Business Sweet Spot


BC Doan September 15, 2008 at 10:29 am

Awesome to contemplate on! No need for more words!

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Lance September 15, 2008 at 12:10 pm

@Tara – He’s ok…

@Glee Girl – Grover on the beach, that sounds lovely! I’d like to be taking the picture, because then I’d be at the beach!!

@Dave – I think I’ve reassured her that Pooh is ok!

@Stacey/CreateaBalance – That sounds like a very similar message, and one that bears repeating often (to kids AND adults)…

@Tom – Thanks, that’s a great point — not enough syndrome. We are more than we think we are – if we can only realize that…

@BC – Yes, I agree, thanks for stopping by!


workout mommy September 15, 2008 at 12:50 pm

awwww, I LOVE Pooh! That Christopher Robin was a pretty smart kid, wasn’t he? 🙂

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Glen Allsopp September 15, 2008 at 12:56 pm

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Munchkins and Music September 15, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Great thought! We love Pooh in our house!
Thanks for your comment today. It was great reading how you play piano to feel uplifted. It is amazing how much power music really has.

Munchkins and Musics last blog post..Music and Health


Marelisa September 15, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Winnie the Pooh is my favorite cartoon character. I used to have all of the characters as little bean babies. And I’m not talking when I was small, I’m talking until about a year ago when I finally gave them to my niece. The One Hundred Acre Wood looks like the funnest plays on earth! And everything they say is so innocent but so full of wisdom at the same time 🙂

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Lance September 15, 2008 at 9:08 pm

@Workout Mommy – Christopher Robin is smart, Pooh is cute – how can you go wrong!!

@Glen – I’ll check things out on this end and see if anything is going on, thanks for the heads up.

@Munchkins and Music – Winnie the Pooh is great. Unfortunately all of our kids have “outgrown” him…so I don’t hear many Pooh stories anymore. So this was fun. And, yes I find music to be very uplifting – thanks for sharing your insights on music!

@Marelisa – I’m recalling some of them now in my head. They were great stories. Like I said to Munchkins and Music, our kids have all outgrown Winnie the Pooh. And he was a great bear, especially with all his friends. Great stories. I’m sure your niece appreciates those beanie babies now. That’s a nice way to keep them alive in your heart.


Robin September 15, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Having someone have faith in us makes a huge difference, doesn’t it! Thanks Lance.

Robins last blog post..Insects Versus Mother Theresa


Jenny September 26, 2008 at 10:15 am

I think this quote is something we all need to keep in our back pockets. It works so well for most everything!

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Lance September 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm

@Robin – When someone believes in us, that is such a huge thing! What confidence it gives us!

@Jenny – This is great – Christopher Robin was a pretty smart cookie! A good one to keep handy…


CG Walters February 11, 2009 at 4:56 am

Hello Lance..
I liked this particular “Sunday Thought” so much I had to feature in the latest CelebraZine (Celebrate What’s Right in the World)
blessings to you and all you hold dear,

CG Walters´s last blog post..CelebraZine 11Feb09


Thomas September 2, 2009 at 8:29 am

@Tara: Don’t be afraid – Pooh is okay. We had a very good time in NZ, and this year we both walked up to to top of the Kilimanjaro Mountain. He was in much better conditions then me – no problems with the height. Pooh is a strong bear – and I never would do things with him, he did’nt like. (Sorry for my english, I hope, you understand).


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