“Oh . . . woe is me!”
We all are familiar with this character
– Eyore –
It seems that he always manages to find the negative in every situation.
He is adorable, and we can be quick to ‘fall in love’ with him. I believe that is because most of us can fully relate to him. I mean, even when he tries to accomplish something good (as this image portrays, picking a flower for a friend), it goes wrong.
Some of us have taken those cute little ‘quizzes’ to see which character we are most like, and we may chuckle when we are told that we are an “Eyore”. But, all laughter aside, think about it – do you really want to be identified with him?
Do we want people to remember us for always feeling blue? Down, sad, depressed, defeated, miserable?
“Well” you may say, “you don’t know how bad my life is!” That is true, only you fully know and understand all the ‘stuff’ that clutters your life. But . . . don’t you realize that we don’t have to be overwhelmed by them?
One of my all time favorite movies is “Pollyanna” – such a wonderful example of how to overcome the ‘stuff’ and NOT have an Eyore attitude.
If you’re not familiar with the story, let me tell you.
It is about a young girl who was the daughter of missionaries, and they died. She ended up going back to the states to live with her only relative, an Aunt, who has some issues – bitterness, hardness, (some Eyore in her as well).
But, Pollyanna has a pure heart of gold. Her attitude (one which I try to maintain, unfortunately, not all the time) is one that always “looks for the good” in everything around her. She calls it “Playing the ‘glad game’.”
Whenever something negative happens in her life (to her, around her) she pauses and thinks . . . and FINDS something to be glad about.
This attitude ends up changing the people around her as well as the whole town!
WOW – what an impact!
One of the most endearing features in this film is when the town minister has a change of heart (thanks to Pollyanna and her speaking Truth) and shares with his congregation that there are 365 “glad” passages, one for every day of the year! I’m telling you . . . this gal was on to something BIG!
The difference between Eyore and Pollyanna is not the circumstances they face.
Both of their lives had some pretty devastating / tragic events happen to them.
The difference was not in the friends they had around them.
The difference was not from the outside at all, but from the inside.
The difference was their ATTITUDE.
So, while Eyore may be an adorable cartoon / story character, the reality of what his character represents is not so adorable.
I, for one, would much rather be identified with the character portrait painted by the story character Pollyanna. To be remembered as one who always focused on the good – not the bad. The one who chooses to make a stand for goodness, truth, and helping to make others lives better rather than one who mumbled and grumbled and ran around with head hung low, defeated and broken.
That is, after all, how God’s Word directs us to live. “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” Philippians 4:8 (The Message)
Nope . . . for me, the rule is . . . NO EYORES HERE!
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