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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Stay North, Christopher Robin!

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Submission19-Feb-2023
Date of Acceptance19-Feb-2023
Date of Web Publication14-Mar-2023

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Divya Narain Upadhyaya
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, King George's Medical University, Lucknow - 226 021, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jclpca.jclpca_5_23

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How to cite this article:
Upadhyaya DN. Stay North, Christopher Robin!. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal 2023;10:1-2

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Upadhyaya DN. Stay North, Christopher Robin!. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal [serial online] 2023 [cited 2023 Jun 5];10:1-2. Available from: https://www.jclpca.org/text.asp?2023/10/1/1/371648

What a strange topic for an editorial to a cleft journal, right? Let me explain.

I recently watched this movie – Christopher Robin – produced by Walt Disney Studios and directed by Marc Forster, a Swiss filmmaker better known for his movies “Finding Neverland” and “World War Z.” The movie features Winnie the Pooh, a fictional, anthropomorphic, teddy bear character created by the English author AA Milne in the year 1924 and Christopher Robin, Pooh's friend, and the “human” protagonist of the movie whose character is based on AA Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne. The characters first appeared in a book of poems in 1924, and later in a series of books starting 1926. They have been popular with children and adults alike ever since.

In the movie that we are talking about, Pooh loses his friends, Eeyore, Tigger, Owl, Piglet, Kang and Roo, in the Hundred Acre Wood and goes to London to solicit help from Christopher Robin in finding them. Back in the Hundred Acre Wood, while looking for their friends, Pooh finds a compass in Christopher Robin's “bag of important things.” Upon asking what it is, Pooh learns that it is an appliance which helps one find one's way if one has lost it, for the needle of the compass always points to the true North. Thus, by using the compass, we can go where we want to go and not lose our way.

At the end of the movie, when all is well, and Christopher and Pooh and all the friends have been reunited, and Pooh has helped Christopher find his “way” in life again, Pooh returns the compass to Christopher and tells him, “Stay North, Christopher Robin!”

The message here is both literal and metaphorical and can be used by all of us in our daily lives. Throughout the movie, Pooh reminds us of the great truths of life in simple, yet elegant words. “Staying North” and not losing our way is one of those timeless messages from Pooh.

Often, in our day to day lives, or our clinical practice, we can find ourselves losing “the way,” and worrying more about the destination than the journey we take to be there. The mad rush, the peer pressure, the sickening pace of life, and practice, can often lead to confusion and make us lose our “way.” In times such as these, it is the aphorisms of Pooh that come to our rescue. AA Milne reminds us, through Pooh, that we must never let go of our “compass,” the inherent “pathfinder” that God has built inside each one of us. So long as we don't lose our way, we will definitely find our “Hundred Acre Wood.” The simple message is to not lose sight of our priorities in life, no matter how busy life gets, or how confusing the journey may seem.

At JCLPCA, we the Editorial team, are trying to do the same with the journal. Hence, while we try to make the submission and the publication process as quick and friendly and transparent as possible, we still cannot root out all the problems that face the journal. However, we promise that we will not lose our “way.” The journal will go from strength to strength provided our friends (read contributors, reviewers, and readers), like those of Pooh, help us in our journey. Last year the journal was accepted for indexation in the Directory of Open Access Journals, and this year, we are happy to share, the journal finds mention in the UGC CARE list. Every year the team at JCLPCA gives you, our reader, more and more reasons to submit your best work to the journal for publication. Please support us in this manner and we can say, with a fair amount of confidence, that the journal will not disappoint you.

Best wishes to all.


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