You know how people always ask you if you could have a meal/coffee/day with one person dead or alive, who would it be? Well, I wouldn’t pick a movie star. I wouldn’t pick a famous author. I wouldn’t pick a great theologian.
I’d pick Fred Rogers.
“In the end, all that matters is love.” -Mr Rogers
This video: His answer to how to solve the violence problem with teens/children from 1993 still rings true today.
Today would have been Mr. Rogers 85th birthday. He’s a personal hero of mine and his gracious and accepting spirit is sorely needed and missed in this world.
“There’s only one person in the whole world like you, and I like you so much.” -Mr. Rogers
This article popped up the other day, it lays out all the reasons why Fred Rogers was/is the Greatest American. I’m going to share a few of the clips from the article, but I urge you to take a minute and read that link. It just might restore your faith in the human spirit and serve to encourage you today.
“You always make it a special day for me. You know how, don’t you? By just your being you. Whether you’re in kindergarten, or third grade, or no grade at all, or ANY grade at all, I like you just the way you are.” -Mr. Rogers
This video: Pull out your tissues, Mr. Rogers ALWAYS made everyone feel special.
Raising a cup of coffee today in honor of a man who made every single person he came in contact with feel loved, special, and valued. Might we all use every interaction during our lives to do the same.
“There are many ways of saying who you are and how you feel. Ways that can be so helpful. Ways that don’t hurt yourself or anybody else. You know, that’s how you can tell when you’re grown up inside: you’re sure that what you’re planning and doing are things that can be a real help to you and your neighbor. I’m proud of you, know that. I hope you do.” -Mr. Rogers