I posted most of this a little over a year ago – but I’ve had an Eeyore sort of afternoon that led me to revisit the thoughts – with a few additional comments.
If you know Winnie the Pooh then you likely know the difference between Eeyore and Tigger. Eeyore is pessimistic, depressed, and deflated. He has no self confidence and doesn’t think he does anything right. Tigger is energetic, joyful, enthusiastic, and positive. For Tigger every day is a new adventure filled with promise, potential, possibility and fun!
Eeyore’s favorite book of the Bible is Lamentations:
People have heard my groaning,
but there is no one to comfort me.
Lamentations 1: 21
Tigger loves passages like those in Psalm 66:
Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of His name;
make His praise glorious.
Come and see what God has done,
His awesome deeds for mankind!
Psalm 66: 1, 2 and 5
Tigger even has his own song:
A wonderful thing is a Tigger;
A Tigger's a wonderful thing.
Their tops are made out of rubber,
their bottoms are made out of spring
They're bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy,
fun, fun, fun, fun, fun,
The most wonderful thing
about Tiggers is:
I'm the only one!
Most of the time I am a Tigger (though certainly not the only one) in fact my persistent Tiggerness can be annoying (or so I’m told) especially when I over-Tigger around perceived Eeyores.
This afternoon – after a frustrating lunch workout Session (the squat machine owns me) I found myself in a terrible mood - I became an Eeyore and it lasted all afternoon – in fact tonight’s rain is finally improving the mood a bit. This is an atypical feeling for a natural Tigger.
When I first posted this I asked people if they were Tiggers or Eeyores but the question on my mind tonight is this: When a Tigger dips into an Eeyore mood what should they do to get out of it?
PS – to face what the church in Smyrna faced and remain faithful there must have been a lot of Tigger in them – there’s the sevenletters connection!