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a lesson from eeyore, part 1

December 7, 2009

Some days, no matter how hard I try, I just feel like Eeyore in AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh:

Eeyore, the old grey Donkey, stood by the side of the stream, and looked at himself in the water.

‘Pathetic,’ he said. ‘That’s what it is. Pathetic.’

He turned and walked slowly down the stream for twenty yards, splashed across it, and walked slowly back on the other side. Then he looked at himself in the water again.

‘As I thought,’ he said. ‘No better from this side. But nobody minds. Nobody cares. Pathetic, that’s what it is.’

Part of the reason for writing this blog is to explore some of the things that can lift us out of an ‘Eeyore day’, so I would like to offer Eeyore a little CBT. Eeyore, I would like to say, it is just not true that nobody cares. What about Pooh and Piglet and Roo and, well, everyone in the Hundred Acre Wood? And if you are wrong about nobody caring, maybe you are wrong about being pathetic as well.

If you are having an Eeyore day today, can you identify any unhelpful or even untrue things that you are telling yourself?

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