What an animated bear has taught me

Have you ever watched Masha and the Bear? If you haven’t yet, it’s worth looking it up on YouTube. Robin started watching it three years ago, when it was still only available in Russian on the internet, but even then, I learned a few lessons from the portly bear and his relationship with the cheeky little girl. Here are some of them:

  • He is infinitely patient

Children can test one’s patience beyond any human limit. They can be cute, funny and loving, but when they decide to be annoying, they turn into little tyrants. Bear takes deep breaths, rolls his eyes and occasionally begs the gods in heaven to give him a break but he hardly ever loses his temper with Masha, even when she’s exasperating. (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2MNJ5s3mlQ)

  • He’s an excellent housekeeper

His house is always clean and well organised. A certain small girl and various forest animals wreak havoc on it everyday, but he knows that messes can be cleaned (and he seems to genuinely enjoy doing it). I, on the other hand, am more uptight than a seemingly perfectionist Bear. Panic sets in when I see the craft supplies leaving their cupboard and the phrase I repeat most often is “eat at the table!”.

  • He practises self-care

Nothing (but nothing) will stand between Bear and his football/fishing/reading with a cup of tea. I try half-heartedly to take care of myself, give up, then get frustrated and resentment sets in. (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HooD4YWknA)

  • He adapts

Bear always saves the day. And how does he do it? By being inventive and adapting to the circumstances, that’s how. What does he do when Masha soils all her dresses? Why, he makes new ones out of curtains and scraps of material of course! Fine, he’s too good to be true (in fact, he isn’t), not to mention multi-talented, but there’s a lesson to be learned here too: make lemonade out of lemons. Not to mention, there are always new skills to be learned. (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Hur8jbfNo)

Thinking about it, the fact that I’ve felt compelled to write this post is a lesson in itself. Never underestimate anyone, not even a cartoon character! We can learn more about ourselves and ways to improve from the unlikeliest of places.



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