“Are you a fun-loving Tigger or a sad-sack Eeyore? Pick a camp. I think it’s clear where I stand on the great Tigger/Eeyore debate!” -Randy Pausch
Sometimes, life doesn’t go your way. Things go wrong at work. A check bounces at the bank. Conflicts between friends arise. A family member gets sick. You find yourself in a rut.
The difference is how you deal with life– how you live your life.
Recently, I’ve had to deal with some not-so-fun-life-events. I could feel myself being pulled into a downward spiral, so I started searching for some motivation. I came across a bookmarked speech in my Youtube “favorites” reel, and found myself re-watching an inspirational speech by the late Randy Pausch. During his speech, which talks about achieving your childhood dreams, he asked the audience, “Do you want to live your life as a Tigger, or an Eeyore?”
It’s a fun and interesting, yet intriguing question.
Tigger is positive. His predominant personality trait is his bounciness. He’s fun-loving, cheerful, outgoing, optimistic, and confident. He tries his best, is always up for new adventures, doesn’t beat himself up when he fails, and always sees the glass as being half full. We all know Tiggers.
Eeyore’s glass, on the other hand, is always half empty. He is quite the opposite of Tigger in that he’s usually gloomy, pessimistic, sarcastic, and never looks on the bright side. He has no confidence in himself, and is usually more realistic or honest than most. We all know Eeyores.
Tigger finds the silver lining in every situation. Eeyore tends to wallow in self-pity.
People are going to let you down. Things aren’t always going to go your way. Sometimes the luck runs out. You have no control over the actions of people you let into your life– the people whom you have invested in. You have no control over the universe– over fate, karma, or science. But, you do have control over how you react to life’s day-to-day events. You can choose to approach each day as a Tigger or an Eeyore.
I admit, I sometimes lose sight of that.
Now, I realize it’s difficult (and perhaps not even realistic) to always be 100% Tigger all the time. But, as tempting as it can be to simply curl up into a ball and draw the curtains, it’s just not as fun.
I choose Tigger. Who’s with me?