Today I was taking my morning walk with the dog, down at Culvercliffe. It was quite a miserable morning, in terms of the weather that is, and I was thinking that I must be nuts getting myself soaked as I took in the morning air. As I walked along, I began to take notice of my physiology. I noticed that I was walking in a hunched-up kind of way; a little bent forward and my eyes were engaged with the pathway.
Then, as I was thinking about my posture, another thought came to me. I remembered how a person who attended one of my personal development workshops had told me that everything had changed for her when she started making a habit of doing one simple thing. She told me that by making this one simple change to her posture, people started seeing her differently and treating her differently. It gave her more confidence and it all came about with a simple change that she worked on turning into a habit.
She told me that everything changed for her when she ‘started looking up at the world rather than down at it’. It is something I have always remembered because I think the phrase, as well as the principle, is such a good one. So, as I was taking my walk today, I started to think to myself that I should straighten myself up and, as I did so, almost instantly, I felt a little better about the world. Then, I took in a few deep breaths of the crisp morning air and began to notice how beautiful the surroundings were.
So there I was, walking in a different manner, looking up at the world and enjoying my walk when I felt my foot slip a little and glancing down … well … there was the dog poo! Without wishing to dwell on the matter too much, I will just say that little package had not been left there by my dog. Despite the momentary annoyance, I could not help laughing about what had happened. If I had continued walking in my previous manner, hunched-up against the weather, I should certainly have spotted and avoided the stuff.
Just then a little poem by A.A. Milne came to my mind:
Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
“Where are you going today?” says Pooh:
“Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too.
Let’s go together,” says Pooh, says he.
“Let’s go together,” says Pooh.
I have always loved A.A. Milne’s writing. It is the kind of thing that speaks both to the kids to whom we read it and also to ourselves as adults – it’s very clever. So I thought that today I would dig up a little of A.A. Milne’s philosophy and that led me to the video above; it contains a lovely message – I hope you like it.