It’s the 50th anniversary of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. The heart swells twice its size at the news. As a child I was soothed by Mr. Rogers voice and believe the man played an integral part in my love of cardigans. I, too, have a collection donned when I find my way back home.
I forced my wee chickens to watch, if only to give them a half hour of slow down. Change your shoes, put on your sweater and feed the fish. Settle in to learn to be a better human.
Some gems from one of my favorite guys:
“The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, it’s what we do with our blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them. Some have few and give everything away”
“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”
“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”
“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”
“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
“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.”
There’s only one thing left to say…
“It’s such a good feeling
To know you’re alive.
It’s such a happy feeling;
You’re growing inside.
And when you wake up ready to say:
I think I’ll make a snappy new day.
It’s such a good feeling,
A very good feeling.
The feeling you know, that I’ll be back
When the day is new.
And I’ll have more ideas for you.
And you’ll have things you’ll want to talk about.
I will too.”
Try to get that song out of your head.