The following is taken right from the book “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff.

“Cottleston Pie” is a song winnie the pooh sang in the book “Winnie the Pooh” (A.A. Milne) its considered a Principle here worth knowing and adhering to once understood. Its a simple rhyme with a lot of wisdom contained in it. The rhyme is as follows:

“Cottleston, cottleston, cottleston pie, a fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly. Ask me a riddle and I reply cottleston, cottleston, cottleston pie.

Cottleston, cottleston, cottleston pie, a fish can’t whistle and neither can I. Ask me a riddle and I reply, cottleston, cottleston, cottleston pie.

Cottleston, cottleston, cottleston pie, why does a chicken, I don’t know why. Ask me a riddle and I reply cottleston, cottleston, cottleston pie.”

“A fly can’t bird but a bird can fly. Very simple, Things are as they are. Everything has its own place and function. That applies to people, although many don’t seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrong job, the wrong marriage, or the wrong house. When you know and respect your own Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don’t belong.”

“A fish can’t whistle and neither can I. I have certain limitations and I know what they are. Such a mind would act accordingly. There can be lots of things wrong with blindly trying to do what you aren’t designed for. Fish don’t live in trees and birds don’t spend too much time underwater if they can help it. This doesn’t mean we need to stop changing and improving. It means that we need to recognize What’s there. One disease, long life; no disease, short life. In other words, those who know what is wrong with them and take care of themselves accordingly will tend to live a lot longer than those who consider themselves perfectly healthy and neglect their weaknesses. Once you face and understand your limitations, you can work with them, instead of having them work against you and get in your way, which is what they do when you ignore them, whether you realize it or not. And then you find that, in many cases your limitations can be your strengths.”

“Why does a chicken, I don’t know why. Why does a chicken do what it does? You don’t know? Neither do we. Neither does anyone else.

Curious: “why do birds fly south for the winter?”
Science: “instinct”

It means, “we don’t know” what we need to do is recognize Inner Nature and work with Things As They Are. When we don’t, we get into trouble. No two snowflakes, trees or animals are alike. No two people are the same either. Everything has its own Inner Nature. Unlike other forms of life though people are easily led away from what’s right for them, because people have Brain and Brain can be fooled. Inner Nature, when relied on, can not be fooled. The way of self-reliance starts with recognizing who we are, what we’ve got to work with and what works best for us.”

….
Everything has its place.
Know your limitations.
Respect your Inner Nature.

I need to remind myself of this daily.

Be well.

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