The Tao of Pooh

I finished reading “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff. If you’re familiar with Tao Te Ching, you’ll enjoy Hoff’s comparison with the Winnie the Pooh stories.

Some of my favorite quotations from the book:

“Each time the goal is reached, it becomes Not So Much Fun, and we’re off to reach the next one, then the next one, then the next. That doesn’t mean that the goals we have don’t count. They do, mostly because they cause us to go through the process, and it’s the process that makes us wise, happy, or whatever. If we do things in the wrong sort of way, it makes us miserable, angry, confused, and things like that. The goal has to be right for us, and it has to be beneficial, in order to ensure a beneficial process.”

“The play-it-safe pessimists of the world never accomplish much of anything, because they don’t look clearly and objectively at situations, they don’t recognize or believe in their own abilities, and they won’t stretch those abilities to overcome even the smallest amount of risk.”

If you decide to pick up this book or have already read it, what do think of “The Tao of Pooh”? What are your favorite quotations or chapters?

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