I used to watch Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up – apparently. Honestly only bits and pieces of it come to mind, though. I remember the transition to the puppet world, the famous red sweater, a few of the songs, some of the characters.
Recently, though, my hubby and I watched a documentary about Mr. Rogers. (Mr. Rogers and Me – I have yet to see the recent movie!) And it hits home, probably more now as an adult than I did when I was a kid. While his show was aimed at kids, the underlying message is much more powerful. World-changing. And even shows us Godly perspective, if we choose to see it that way.
It nags at me, because it’s a message we all need to hear, in these days of division and dark deeds and disappointment. It’s a message of kindness and hope, of worthiness and value, of purpose and perspective. It’s one of my missions here in this space to pass that message onward.
Maybe you’d call me a dork. But Mr. Rogers is one of my heroes.
Here are some Mr. Rogers quotes that every grown-up needs to hear these days.
The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.
There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.
Anything that’s human is mentionable and anything that’s mentionable can be more manageable. When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know we are not alone.
I believe that appreciation is a holy thing – that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.
Don’t ever give up on yourself or your dreams. You’re worthwhile, and always will be, no matter what. Just remember to always be who you are, because that person is very special.
As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has – or ever will have – something inside us that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.
To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.
Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.
Some days, doing “the best we can” may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect on any front – and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.
The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.
So how about you – how do any of these words ring true for you?