What is the greatest event in American History?

“A high school student wrote to ask, “What was the greatest event in American history?” I can’t say.  However, I suspect that like so many “great” events, it was something very simple and very quiet with little or no fanfare (such as someone forgiving someone else for a deep hurt that eventually changed the course of history).  The really important “great” things are never center stage of life’s dramas; they’re always “in the wings.”  That’s why it’s so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and the deep rather than the flashy and the superficial.”

Fred Rogers

I think one of the things that Fred continues to remind me is taking more time to be quiet and think. Slow down and have more moments of quiet humility.  I think Fred is right on the money; most of life’s big decisions especially the life changing ones are done in those still quiet moments.  I think one of the best examples of this is the acceptance speech Fred gave when he received his lifetime achievement award. This is one the most moving and inspirational video I have seen. If any video can change history I think this is one can. I hope you enjoy it.

Fred Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award

2 Responses to What is the greatest event in American History?

  1. Chelsea says:

    How indicative of the kind of person he was that he chose to spend his time in the spotlight thinking about others!
    This quote is fantastic and such a great reminder about our own lives too. It’s not ususally the gigantic choices like where to go to college or who to marry or things like that which determine the ultimate path of our lives (although they certainly do play a big part!). I think it is the small day to day choices and actions that shape us and the direction we go in.

  2. Jason says:

    Mr. Rogers means something different to me now than he did when I was a kid. Today he reminds me of how proud and selfish I have become. His great humility and higher perspective makes me want to be a better person. I want to measure greatness the way he did.

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