Lessons we can learn from The Velveteen Rabbit
Book by Margery Williams

Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit is a children’s book by Margery Williams. The story is about a stuffed rabbit who gets new ears and feet from his mother, but he doesn’t feel like he’s living up to her expectations. He realizes that you can’t always get what you want in life—but what matters most is what we do with our time on earth together. I will jump into the lessons, but first subscribe below for your free ebook 🫶🏽

Be resilient.

The Velveteen Rabbit is a poignant reminder that even when you feel like giving up, or the world is against you and your hopes are falling apart, there are still lessons to be learned from our experiences. It’s important for us to remember this as we go through our own lives.

The book tells the story of a stuffed rabbit who has lost his velveteen skin due to being loved by its owner so much that it started growing into something real (a human being). In order to get back his former self again, the rabbit must find what makes him special and rediscover how much he means to others in order to reassure himself that he still matters after all these years spent feeling like nothing but an object made out of cloth.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

  • Be honest with yourself and your feelings.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s from a professional or from someone you trust.
  • Don’t be ashamed of your emotions or how they make you feel; instead, try to understand them better by looking at the situation from multiple angles and asking questions like: “What do I want?” “Why do I feel this way?” and “How can I move forward?”

Love with all your heart.

Love with all your heart.

Love with all your mind.

Love with all your soul.

Love with every scrap of strength within you, for this is the only way to win through in the end.

Nothing is perfect.

Nothing is perfect.

This is a lesson we can all learn from The Velveteen Rabbit, which teaches us that nothing is perfect. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: there are no such things as absolute perfection or even close to it in any form or fashion. We can strive toward doing better and improving ourselves but there will always be room for improvement because no one—or thing—is perfect; everyone has flaws and faults like everyone else does too!

Grieve, then laugh again.

In this book, we learn that grief is a process. It’s not something you can just fix or forget about. You don’t get over it by being happy all the time or forgetting what happened in the first place.

One of the best things I’ve learned from reading The Velveteen Rabbit is how important it is to grieve first before moving on with life again. When I was sad about losing my job and having no direction in life after years of working at a job where I didn’t feel like myself anymore and didn’t enjoy many parts of my workday, it wasn’t easy for me to accept this reality without feeling like there was something wrong with me for being sad about losing something so small compared to other people who lost much more important things (like their homes). But when I finally let myself grieve openly—and even though it felt painful at times—it helped me understand why these things happened so suddenly without warning: because sometimes tragedies come unexpectedly; sometimes bad things happen even if we’re doing everything right; sometimes people change overnight without any warning whatsoever.”

Don’t lose hope.

This book is about a toy rabbit that is made by a man who loves him dearly. But when the boy finds out that their house has been sold and they have to move away, he becomes very sad because he will no longer be able to play with his rabbit.

But then one day while playing in the garden, he hears someone calling him inside. When he goes inside and sees what everyone else was waiting for—the real thing! The Velveteen Rabbit! He instantly realizes that all of this time they thought it was just something made up by adults but now it actually exists right here in front of them as well: A real live stuffed animal bunny named The Velveteen Rabbit (or “Teddy” if you prefer).

Sometimes, the best lessons are in places we’ve never expected to find them.

The Velveteen Rabbit is a children’s story written in 1908 by Margery Williams, a woman who was also an artist. It tells the tale of a stuffed rabbit that comes to life after being loved and cared for by his owner.

The lessons from this book are universal—they’re not just for children; they’re for all people everywhere. They’re about how we treat each other, about what makes us happy or sad, about where we come from or where we want to go in our lives.


We hope you’ve found something in this brief exploration of the Velveteen Rabbit that speaks to your own life. We see it as a reminder that our greatest learning happens when we seek out new experiences and new ideas—and are not afraid to be surprised by them. By keeping an open mind, we can keep learning about ourselves every day.

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