Just me gettin in my way.  

rm_gerson42 52M
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5/24/2006 12:29 pm

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Just me gettin in my way.

We will now embark on today's journey. Yesterday, I posted The Vinegar Tasters and then promised to bring Pooh Bear and Eeyore into it. So they and their friends are invited to come along.

Benjamin Hoff, author of The Tao of Pooh, said this when asked by a critic what Taoism and Pooh have to do with each other;

“It’s about this dumpy little bear that wanders around asking silly questions, making up songs and going through all kinds of adventures, without ever accumulating any amount of intellectual knowledge or losing his simple-minded sort of happiness. That’s what it’s about,” he said.

I would like to use excerpts from The Tao of Pooh to illustrate the key principles of Taoism; Natural Simplicity, Effortless Action, Spontaneity and Compassion.

Natural Simplicity

Pooh is able to accomplish what he does because he is simpleminded. If cleverness counted most, then Rabbit would be the leader of the group instead of Pooh...

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that’s why he never understands anything.”


Life is fun. How do children have fun? By having the ability to enjoy the simple and the quiet, the natural and the plain. I wonder what happens when we discard arrogance, complexity and other such things?

“Let’s go and see everybody,” said Pooh. “Because when you’ve been walking in the wind for miles, and you suddenly go into somebody’s house, and he says, ‘Hallo, Pooh, you’re just in time for a little smackerel of something,’ and you are, then it’s what I call a Friendly Day.”
Piglet thought that they ought to have a Reason for going to see everybody, if Pooh could think of something.
Pooh could.
“We’ll go because it’s Thursday,” he said, “and we’ll go wish everybody a Very Happy Thursday. Come on, Piglet.”

Effortless Action

Also known as Wu Wei of which by translation is "doing without doing". It comes from knowing one's inner nature leading to the knowledge of knowing where you belong and where you don't belong. When we face and understand our limitations, you can work with them. Remember Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back? "Do or Do Not. There is no Try." Sometimes, left alone, things have a way or working out.

Pooh discovered, after Eeyore told him, that it was Eeyore’s birthday. So Pooh decided to give him something. He went home to get a jar of honey to use as a birthday present. Piglet, meanwhile, decided to give Eeyore a balloon that he’d saved from a party of his own. While Piglet went to get the balloon, Pooh walked off to Eeyore’s with the jar of honey. But after a while, he began to get Hungry. So he sat down and took the top off his jar of honey. “Lucky I brought this with me,” he thought. “Many a bear going off on a warm day like this would never have thought of bringing a little something with him.” And he began to eat. “Now let me see,” he thought, as he took his last lick of the inside of the jar, “where was I going? Ah, yes, Eeyore.” He got up slowly. And then, suddenly, he remembered. He had eaten Eeyore’s birthday present!
While all this was happening, Piglet had gone back to his own house to get Eeyore’s balloon. He held it very tightly against himself, so that it shouldn’t blow away, and he ran as fast as he could so as to get to Eeyore before Pooh did; for he thought that he would like to be the first one to give a present, just as if he had thought of it without being told by anybody. And running along, and thinking how pleased Eeyore would be, he didn’t look where he was going … and suddenly he put his foot in a rabbit hole, and fell down flat on his face.
Eventually, Piglet showed up at Eeyore’s and offered his present. “Balloon?” said Eeyore. “You did say balloon? One of those big coloured things you blow up? Gaiety, song-and-dance, here we are and there we are?”
“Yes, but I’m afraid ‒ I’m very sorry, Eeyore ‒ but when I was running along to bring it to you, I fell down.”
“Dear, dear, how unlucky! You ran too fast, I expect. You didn’t hurt yourself, Little Piglet?”
“No, but I ‒ I ‒ oh, Eeyore, I burst the balloon!”
There was a very long silence.? “My balloon?” said Eeyore at last.
Piglet nodded.
“My birthday balloon?”
“Yes, Eeyore,” said Piglet sniffling a little. “Here it is. With ‒ with many happy returns of the day.” And he gave Eeyore the small piece of damp rag.
“Is this it?” said Eeyore, a little surprised.
Piglet nodded.
“My present?”
Piglet nodded again.
“The balloon?”
And just then, Pooh arrived.
“I’ve brought you a little present,” said Pooh excitedly.
“I’ve had it,” said Eeyore.
Pooh had now splashed across the stream to Eeyore, and Piglet was sitting a little way off, his head in his paws, snuffling to himself.
“It’s a Useful Pot,” said Pooh. “Here it is. And it’s got ‘A Very Happy Birthday with love from Pooh’ written on it. That’s what all the writing is. And it’s for putting things in. There!
Shortly thereafter, Pooh and Piglet were talking to Eeyore…
“I’m very glad,” said Pooh happily, “that I thought of giving you a Useful Pot to put things in.”
“I’m very glad,” said Piglet happily, “ that I thought of giving you Something to put in a Useful Pot.”
But Eeyore wasn’t listening. He was taking the balloon out, and putting it back in, as happy as could be…
So it all worked out.


From caring comes courage and wisdom. A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn't really care, wisdom does.

After Owl’s house had blown down in the wind, Eeyore discovered a new house for Owl to move into, and it turned out to be Piglet’s…
“Just the house for Owl. Don’t you think so, little Piglet?”
And then Piglet did a Noble Thing, and he did it in a sort of dream, while he was thinking of all the wonderful words Pooh had hummed about him.
“Yes, it’s just the house for Owl,” he said grandly. “And I hope he’ll be very happy in it.” And then he gulped twice, because he had been very happy in it himself.
“What do you think, Christopher Robin?” asked Eeyore a little anxiously, feeling that something wasn’t quite right.
Christopher Robin had a question to ask first, and he was wondering how to ask it.
“Well,” he said at last, “it’s a very nice house, and if your own house is blown down, you must go somewhere else, mustn’t you, Piglet? What would you do, if your house was blown down?”
Before he could think, Pooh answered for him.
“He’d come and live with me,” said Pooh, “wouldn’t you, Piglet?”
Piglet squeezed his paw.
“Thank you, Pooh,” he said, “I should love to.”


Closing Words

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 41

When they hear of the Way,
The highest minds practice it;
The average minds think about it
And try it now and then;
The lowest minds laugh at it.
If they did not laugh at it,
It would not be the Way.

gerson42 - but My friends can call me ger

wickedeasy 67F  
26866 posts
5/24/2006 2:18 pm

Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that’s why he never understands anything.”

""..i don't want clever conversation
i never want to work that hard
i just want someone that i can talk to
i love you just the way you are""

and one last thing..............

"those that dance may appear insane
to those that don't hear the music"

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

rm_gerson42 replies on 5/24/2006 2:21 pm:
Im feelin you wickedeasy.

HBowt2 59F

5/24/2006 2:40 pm

Ok....have to say you have me curious.....going to do some reading...

rm_gerson42 replies on 5/24/2006 11:07 pm:
Curiosity and reading. These are a few of my favorite things.....

caressmewell 53F

5/24/2006 3:59 pm

I love Pooh's simple-minded sort of happiness

rm_gerson42 replies on 5/24/2006 11:08 pm:
Downright sexy...... and no pants!

FeistySyn 52F

5/24/2006 8:41 pm

Amazing... reading your post made me feel clean (odd word choice, I know, but it's what first came to mind) and refreshed after an exhausting day of feeling underappreciated (I work for attorneys, I'm sure no one can imagine them being unappreciative)... thank you for giving me a smile to end my day with.

Apparently the depth of depravity here is bottomless... don't you feel right at home?

rm_gerson42 replies on 5/24/2006 11:11 pm:
Not an odd choice of words at all. Actually make really good sense to me.
ger (clearing the clutter of his mind and feeling clean also)

bipolybabe 55F

5/24/2006 9:06 pm

In my next lifetime, I wanna be Pooh rather than Rabbit.

In this lifetime, looks like I've been dealt a hand where Rabbit gets trumped by Pooh on a regular basis thanks to the Goddess of Good Fucking!


Check out my blog Bi-Poly-Babe for more sensual, sexual pleasure!

rm_gerson42 replies on 5/24/2006 11:12 pm:
Rabbit and Pooh are friends. That's a good thing.

LustyTaurus 48M  
21253 posts
5/25/2006 11:03 am

    Quoting caressmewell:
    I love Pooh's simple-minded sort of happiness
Yep...me too.

rm_gerson42 replies on 5/25/2006 4:26 pm:
No kidding, no worries... nothing but what makes him happy in the moment.

rm_gerson42 replies on 5/25/2006 4:27 pm:
Bye the way, I believe that I owe you one.

Lovin_U_4_Fun 54F

7/4/2006 12:53 am

I love this book! Thanks for the reminder!

rm_gerson42 replies on 7/4/2006 1:28 am:
Now what are you doing going way back in my blog. Thank you for checking out what I have written. Some of the more recent stuff has been a little more intense. Getting back to Pooh kind of stuff. Certainly what I prefer.

PurplePeach72 44F  
9199 posts
7/4/2006 11:00 am

LeeAnn would tell you that for the most part I am Eeyore. At first some people would think oh, "no body loves me". But its more like when others see all the things that went wrong, I am sitting there putting the busted balloon in and out of the empty pot and I am happy. Mind you I am not simple minded, my job requires too much brain power sometimes, makes my head hurt dealing with the people I do day in and day out. I guess thats why I am so content sometimes just to be happy with the simplest of things. I will never understand so much of life and its hurts and I can't stay in bed and pretend they aren't there, so I chose to be like Eeyore. "Its going to rain and I am going to get wet." And then stand there happy to be out in a beautiful spring shower. And yes every now and then even "...nobody loves me, they forgot about my...." and then when someone shows even the smallest of love to me I can be thrilled. Keep it simple and stay sane .



Lovin_U_4_Fun 54F

7/4/2006 11:28 pm

Actually... I remembered the post about the vinegar tasters and went looking for it! There was a time that I took Akido and that increased my interest in Taoism. I've taken lessons from many of the world's religions and find myself not able to fit into any one spiritual community very neatly.

And... that's okay.

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