I wish I had more “Childhood Work”.
How true! Very rarely do we know the whole story to people’s lives; how often do we want mercy for ourselves and expect justice for others? As always, Mr. Rogers puts it in perspective.
So very true. Not surprisingly there is an interesting spiritual parallel there too. God loves all his children. Not just the non-annoying ones. We are all the same, and Heavenly Father doesn’t give up on us.
I will have to check out help.com in more depth. It’s an interesting idea as a community.
I appreciate the idea of service as a blessing. Every time we serve we have the opportunity to gain so much more than we give. Really what we get out of it is up to us.
Can you come and mow my lawn?
Obviously Red was a winner (just look at those shorts). Losing just happened to be his job with the Globetrotters. Just goes to show that losing and failing are not always the same thing.
Maybe you should read this to your lax team . . . . although it may not make that much of an impact!
Doesn’t it all come down to enduring to the end? Sometimes there is more joy and less endurance and sometimes it is the other way around, but as long as we all make it in the end, does it really matter how we got there?
There must be opposition in all things. If we didn’t loose sometime, how could we truly understand and appreciate winning.
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.
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.
I have been thinking a lot about this lately. I have found this so true. One of my favorite books is “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. In a concentration camp during World War II, he found a way to overcome the most horrific physical conditions with his mind. His ATTITUDE.
Work, change, all those things seem pretty small in the grand scheme of things. Though on a side note, I think sometimes it is harder to “gird up the loins” when the challenges are smaller. It’s easier to grouse. I think I am a “gamer” in life and getting up for the big challenges are something I can do. Sometimes I find myself allowing the smaller things have too much control over me, rather than the other way around.
No doubt. Though I also think he is saying that even when we understand things cognitively, we are not immune to the emotional response that we have. That is good to know from the the explainer, and the listener.
Isn’t it great that we can be so different and yet come together so well? Where you need to find the answers and the “why” I am a “just because” kind of person. I know it drives you crazy sometimes when I can’t explain to you why I feel the way I do and expect you to just accept it, but I think we are slowly learning from each other! I am learning to vocalize the why behind my emotions and you are learning to be okay with emotion for emotion’s sake! Yeah for us!
I never know what to say as a comment because who can say it better that Mr. Rogers? I love his sweet sincerity.
I agree with Chelsea. I am not sure how you top his sincerity and seeming clarity of vision. Fundamentally he knows who he is, and what he feels his mission is.
You can totally tell the people who are in the job because they love it and those who are in it for the money or the prestige. If you hate what you do, no amount of money or acclaim will ever satisfy, but if you love what you do, they become just an extra, appreciated, but unneccesary, joy.
faith without works is dead. To have good intentions and great dreams don’t mean a whole lot with out the “oomph” to make it work.
That’s pretty deep! It’s gonna be hard to get any work done now while I think this one through. 🙂
This was totally made for me!!!! Thanks for the reminder! Love you!
Thanks for writing, I very much enjoyed reading your newest post. I think you should post more frequently, you evidently have talent for blogging!
Thanks for posting about this, I would love to read more about this topic.
Now maybe you will give me more free time to scrapbook! Just kidding; but I absolutely agree with you, which is why I love taking pictures and scrapbooking and want to get better at keeping a regular journal. I love seeing that stuff from my ancestor’s lives and want to leave something like that for our children. I also LOVE to look back on the wonderful times we have had together as a family. I’m sure there are many more to come!
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I LOVE “the little prince” . . . one of my favorite books. It makes total sense that Mr. Rogers would like this story too. I think this quote hits the nail right on the head; we get so caught up in the tangible things of life that we forget the “essential” things that are so important to true happiness.
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Keep up the good work, I like your writing.
I was just thinking something similar today when I was listening to Christmas music. It’s the same songs every year, but I love them just as much as I did when I was a kid and the memories that go with each just get added to every year. This is the greatest season for tradition and memories.
Rare and valuable is the “Soul of Leadership”. For all those looking for a new consciousness, in the world of business, there is no necessity to look any further.. Through the life and presence, Mr, Rogers ,authentically gave to us to us all …big and small…the gift of soul filled leadership! Today, I celebrate the value of this very rare and beautiful gift. Thank you, for the power, of “A Snappy Day. Peace and many tender blessings sent your way. Aleshia
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Great quote! I believe this is especially true with those who we are closest to. How easy is it for us to take for granted our closest loved ones and forget to look for what’s best in them? Whether it’s my wife or my 3 kids, I need to remember to appreciate them, in action and word, and push aside the tendency to assume they know I do.
Just read” I’m proud of you”, a wonderful book written about Fred Rogers. I have always loved him, and somehow knew how special he was. This book confirmed that, but much more importantly, is beginning to restore some faith in something bigger than myself.
Thanks Author Tim Madigan, and to Fred Rogers, wherever you are. I love you.
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Thank you! What a wonderful inspiration Mr. Rogers was…..this is a great way to keep his memory and legacy alive!!!!!
Jenny- Thanks for the comments.
It’s so easy to get consumed with one aspect of our life and forget that there are so many different pieces to life. It’s all about balance (easier said than done).
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Thank you for this site. I subscribe to the feed so I get every post. Fred Rogers was and continues to be an inspiration to me. He’s so special, even still.
It’s true! The best part of wrestling with our problems is the awakening to how wonderful life is once we have conquered the problem. To overcome a painful challenge is freedom indeed. 🙂
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Man, your mom did a good job raising you. Just sayin’. 🙂
That’s a wonderful picture!
Awe…I love it. 🙂
I love Mr. Rogers.
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Hello, friend. I just love the remix, it’s so catchy and heart warming!
I love your website! My children grew up watching Mr. Rogers and are fine examples of his inspired kindness. I would love to post a link with some of his quotes on my blog and spread his inspiring words. I will wait until I hear from you before I post any. May you have a very Snappy day!
I am truly honored to have been Mr. Rogers’s neighbor. I wish I could have written him a letter before he passed away, but I was still not quite who I am now. I wish though that I could have told Mr. Rogers that he is one of the reasons that I do the work that I do in child development, and why I fight so hard for the right to a quality childhood for all of our little neighbors. Wherever you are in the Universe, Mr. Rogers, know that you are deeply missed but never forgotten.
Love the show always!!!
Love the show always too!!!
I remember, when he came in and said hello boys and girls, and then sit down to change his shoe to sneakers, and changed his sweater. as a child 5, 6, 7. 8. 9. years old, I remember the warmth in his love, and is was really love, I am just thinking about, and it reached in the depth of my heart, may god bless Mr. Rogers.”
He was a gift from god.
i love fred rogers smile
The warmth in his voice*,
I just love and appreciate all of the fond memories and explorations I was a part of in my own imagination, thanks to the wonderful characters that made up “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.” As a parent, I wish we had more shows like this out there for our children. Imagination is in danger. There are so many “resources” out there for our children that kind of ruin it for imagination. I miss the days we played outside with minimal props and had hours of hours of bordom-free memories!!!!
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Beautiful quote. Definitely something everyone should hear.
Jessica- Thanks for your comment. There are many nuggets of knowledge I have found over the years from Mr. Rogers that I wish I would have found earlier. Many people should read and apply his wisdom only if they would.
We’re all special. And your site reminds us. Thx for the memories of FR.
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he reminds me of mr papa and i want to be just like him
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Such an incredible human. I wish you had info on the photos. I love his eyes and smile. It represents such a sweet landing for me during a difficult childhood. ( wonder where the 2nd to last photo was taken. The fireplace is almost as inviting as Mr Rogers warm smile)
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