Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind? This video, created by PBS Digital Studio, brought a huge wave of memories for me and really started me thinking about inspiration and imagination.
Millions of children were inspired by Fred Rogers to use their imagination, to imagine beyond what they see and to grow. His patience in explaining things, asking questions and giving us permission to be afraid spoke directly to each tiny viewer as he looked right into the camera. Fred Rogers broke ground in television and helped a nation go places they had never been before.
Starting off each show with the wonderful theme song “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and changing into his sneakers and cardigan, Mr. Rogers provided continuity with his simple, quiet messages perfectly crafted for his young audiences. How many of you remember sitting in front of your television set watching Mr. Rogers?
This beautiful video truly touched my heart and I hope you enjoy it as well. I have compiled some quotes by Mr. Rogers — I hope he brings you some inspiration today!
1. “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”
2. “Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in our lives.”
3. “Love and trust, in the space between what’s said and what’s heard in our life, can make all the difference in the world. ”
4. “The child is in me still and sometimes not so still.”
5. “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.”
6. “Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”
7. “I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be.”
8. “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.”
9. “Feeling good about ourselves is essential in our being able to love others.”
10. “Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”
11. “Try your best to make goodness attractive. That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.”
12. “The connections we make in the course of a life–maybe that’s what heaven is.”
What lessons do you remember from Mr. Rogers and his wonderful neighborhood? Share with me and let’s celebrate a wonderful man and his life’s work.
Peg Fitzpatrick is co-Editor-in-Chief of 12 Most . She's co-author of the best-selling book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users co-authored with Guy Kawasaki.
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Watching Mr. Rogers while growing up was never my favorite show. But he really did show by example the importance of kindness to one another. Every neighborhood could use more Mr. Rogers. Thank-you for sharing Peg.
These are such great quotes, especially #1, which is something I need to keep in mind more often. My grandma actually knew Mr. Rogers in real life, and she tells me he was just as insightful off camera as he was on.
#1 Has been one of the most important in my life. And #12 a close second. I do agree with EmeliaSam about liking him and find it very interesting how much influence he had (obvious) and still has. As always a GREAT post.
OK. I have an admission. I didn't like Mr. Rogers. The only reason I watched him was because he came on before "The Electric Company." However, reading the quotes is making me re-think my stance...Mr. Rogers was pretty much a guru.
Thank you for sharing. I love this video and your column; I found them both to very interesting. You reminded me just how influential Mr. Rogers and the other PBS shows like Zoom, Electric Company, Sesame Street etc. were in my life. I was an only child and creative by nature, those programs really helped shape my childhood. They gave me not courage but validated my spirit of curiosity and imagination. They certainly reinforced my love for creativity, writing, nature, humanity and love for animals. I have enjoyed this space of reflection about Mr. Rogers. Thank you Peg.
Wow, I did watch Mr. Rogers (and Electric Company, BTW). I can't remember much other than that intro song as he changed his shoes and sweater. I do remember the feelings of kindness and gentleness.
I would say #5 is my favorite one here: Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort!
When I was a kid in the 1950s Fred was not seen on the Children's Corner. Josie Carry was the host and visited all the puppets in a much more elaborate world of make believe which we entered with the same trolly. Some of the puppet characters did not make the cut for Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Daniel the Tame Tiger was the star of the original show. You could say that back in the day Fred ONLY displayed his imagination...& his heavy Pittsburgh accent. Maybe it is sentimental, but I liked the show much better before Fred came out from behind the puppets.