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happy cottleston pie and birthday too…

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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.”

And here’s the explanation, according to the book “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff.

“A fly can’t bird but a bird can fly.” Very simple. It’s obvious, isn’t it? And yet, you’d be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.

It is useless to try to make things into ways they’re not. Everything has its own place and function, including people, even if they don’t realize it, and that’s why they keep the wrong job, or stay on the wrong marriage
or relationships. You need to learn to know and respect your Inner Nature. When you do so, you know where you belong and where you don’t belong.

“A fish can’t whistle and neither can I”. This means “I have certain limitations, and I know what they are”. There’s nothing wrong with not being able to whistle, especially if you’re a fish. But there can be lots of things wrong with blindly trying to do what you aren’t designed for. That doesn’t mean that we need to stop changing and improving. It just means that we need to recognize what’s there.

“Why does a chicken, I don’t know why”. Why does a chicken does what it does? You don’t know? Neither do I. Neither does anyone else. The important thing is that we don’t really need to know. We don’t need to play Abstract Philosopher, asking unnecessary questions and coming up with meaningless answers.

Cottleston Pie means Inner Nature, and if you substitute the words in the song, you’ll get that Inner Nature is the answer for the riddles!

So, you want to be happy?
– Respect yourself, respect your Inner Nature. Make friends with what you are, because that’s the only thing you have.

– Respect your limitations, respect what you can’t do. If you know what is that you can’t do you’ll work on it, and that will save you from trouble.

– Stop trying to find and explanation for everything, stop over analyzing, things are as they are. Learn to accept them as they go.

… and Cottleston Pie.
http://www.thecottlestonpie.com/whythecottlestonpie

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