An Eeyore or Tigger View of Life?

“Each of us must make a decision, best captured in A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh characters.  Am I a fun-loving Tigger or a sad-sack Eeyore?” So asks Randy Pausch in his Parade Magazine article (April 6, 2008).  Randy is most famous for his “Last Lecture” recorded at Carnegie Mellon University and which received millions of hits on YouTube.  He’s been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has a short time to live but is facing his short life with joy and optimism.

His imagery of choosing between being an Eeyore or Tigger really impacted me.  Certainly for those of us who have a strong faith in a good God who is for us, we should be a Tigger when facing life and not an Eeyore.

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,  whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” (Philippians 4: 8-9)  God has given us the choice of how to look at the life He’s given us.  I’ve decided I want to be a Tigger!

6 responses to “An Eeyore or Tigger View of Life?

  1. Rachel April 7, 2008 at 8:41 am

    “…..the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is, I’m the only one.” That is the ending of Tigger’s theme song that he sings as he bounces around, so he also rejoices in his uniqueness. I want to be a Tigger too, and I rejoice that their is only one “Rachel” just like me. I think that I make God happy about that.

  2. Marcia April 10, 2008 at 5:44 am

    From Good Faith, by Jane Smalley

    Describing his parents, the narrator says:
    They were strict, but they weren’t gloomy. . . They couldn’t understand anyone who considered God or salvation in the least frightening. Now, sin: that was fearful. But to be fully committed to the Lord’s path, that was source of perennial joy which one was obliged to display as an example of glad service to the Lord, and the sure expectation of everlasting glory.

  3. Boru O'Dohmnaill August 18, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I believe Christians are Tiggers while Jewish are Eeyores…but then what are Muslims? (lost souls???)

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