What will 2021 bring us? Well, what the New Year brings to you, will depend a great deal, on what you bring to the New Year.
Johannesburg, South Africa (06 January 2021) – What will 2021 bring us? 365 opportunities to touch a heart, to wipe a tear, to say “I love you”, to be kinder to those around us, to make people happy and to make a positive difference in someone else’s life!
Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts. And Winnie-The-Pooh – or Pooh Bear as he is affectionately known – is one of those much-loved characters that stay in our hearts long after we grow out of reading A.A. Milne’s series of books.
The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Milne also included a poem about the bear in the children’s verse book When We Were Very Young (1924) and many more in Now We Are Six (1927). All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard. The Pooh stories have been translated into many languages, including Alexander Lenard’s Latin translation, Winnie ille Pu, which was first published in 1958, and, in 1960, became the only Latin book ever to have been featured on The New York Times Best Seller list.
In 1961, Walt Disney Productions licensed certain film and other rights of Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories from the estate of A. A. Milne and the licensing agent Stephen Slesinger, Inc., and adapted the Pooh stories, using the unhyphenated name “Winnie the Pooh”, into a series of features that would eventually become one of its most successful franchises. In popular film adaptations, Pooh has been voiced by actors Sterling Holloway, Hal Smith, and Jim Cummings in English, and Yevgeny Leonov in Russian.
But its Pooh’s newest stories – written by people on social media – that is catching our attention and open up our imagination all over again!
Just like South Africans have taken to making their own Nando’s adverts (which many people believe are real), some social media users use Pooh Bear as a basis for new stories… to help us through incredibly
A Pooh and Piglet meme was shared with me early in 2020 talking about how the year had 366 opportunities (due to the leap year), and I thought I would update it to reflect more of what is needed in 2021.
Read the update below:
Piglet: What will 2021 bring us?
Pooh: 365 opportunities to touch a heart, to wipe a tear, to say “I love you”, to be kinder to those around us, to make people happy and to make a positive difference in someone else’s life.
Piglet: Then it sounds like 2021 will be okay!
Pooh: More than okay my friend, more than okay.
And as the two friends wandered through the snow on their way home, Piglet’s anxiety disappeared with the thought of a kinder world… and then he realised that he too had the power to help others with their anxiety and fear as well.
Piglet smiled, knowing how lucky he was to have a best friend like Pooh.