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A Word from an Icon: Mr Rogers

"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 part 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. If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something that you leave at every meeting with another person.

Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else. So I say to myself, "I'd like to try my hand at that over there and see what I can do." Sometimes all you need is just that one person to give you a chance and see something that you don't. So much that is spontaneous is which can be truly inspired. All that I've done that's been good and helpful has been spontaneous.

Make choices in life that come from a deep sense of who you are. The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self. The ability to give without undue thought of gain is a requirement for mutual caring relationships. I hope you are proud of yourself for the times you've said "yes", when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to someone else. The connections we make in the course of a life- maybe that's what heaven is.

We need to help discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence. The thing I remember best about happy people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they're doing and they love it in front of others.

Little by little we human beings are confronted with situations that give us more clues that we are not perfect. The center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and wants the best for every person. Anything we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Life is for service. In the external scheme of things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinkling are what eternity is made of- moments when human beings show themselves, the invisible imperishable good stuff.

There are 3 ways to ultimate success: The first is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind

You are special. It's such a good feeling to know you're alive."

Mr. Fred Rogers

I will leave it there with the wise words of Mr. Rogers. If you are interested in purchasing Mr Rogers' Neighborhood, the link is below. I wish that the show was still on. I remember watching it as a kid. I just loved when he came in talked to you and changed his shoes and sweater. I know someone who worked with him and said he was just as genuine in real life.

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