The start of each year brings around anniversaries and birthdays and this week there are more than one in our world to celebrate.
The biggest being the day that remembers Alan Alexander Milne, born on 18th January 1882 and better know as A A Milne. The creator of Winnie-the-Pooh and Hundred Acre; the world that inspired our own.
Each January as this day comes around, starting to write this post, Bridget smiles to herself. Little did she know the impact this world was going to have on hers. From a childhood nickname, the love of the characters and the stories and adventures they have inspired since. It continues every day.
Our last blog post reflected on the end of the decade, being inspired by A A Milne’s characters and what they can teach us about health and safety – and that started something.
We have realised since that our favourite characters can teach us so much more. Over recent years, thanks to the work we do, to a number of events and working with a business coach we have become fascinated by characteristics and behaviours.
Each of us has different traits, we communicate in different ways and have differing behaviours that impact the things we do and say. There is no right or wrong, we are all unique individuals but in similar ways. Bridget considers that when we look at the characters in Hundred Acre they all represent so much.
As we have discussed before when we consider them, there’s Winnie the Pooh; dependable, easy-going and a friend to everyone. Christopher Robin; a sensible boy with a voice of reason. Eeyore; a depressed soul with a woeful attitude. Tigger; enthusiastic, lively and full of fun. Rabbit; a perfectionist who always follows rules. Piglet; an obedient character who loves order and decency. We can’t help to notice we can all recognise our own characters and behaviours, and those of others around us in these characters.
Bridget also considers that if we are really honest, we all have a little bit of each of them in all of us. Recently Bridget has been learning about DISC, a system that centres on four different behavioural traits. She has learned about her own profile and has started to recognise the profiles of those around her. She will be learning more in a few weeks becoming certified in DISC. You can find out more by clicking here.
‘It’s amazing how learning about this topic helps me every day. Helping me to understand my own behaviours and also to understand the way clients work around me. I am looking forward to learning more and diving deeper into this fascinating subject.’
For now, we are off for a ponder accompanied by a smackeral of something. Happy Winnie-the-Pooh day to all
Hundred Acre – Everyone’s Safe Place