You Are Special - Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers

Posted: August 15, 2019
You Are Special - Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers
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Mister Rogers. Saint Fred. In You Are Special: Neighborly Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers, the man proves once again how brilliance, success, and happiness can be the product of compassion and understanding, interacting with and relating to other people. Even an emotionally void cynic like myself felt something stir in my chesticular region reading some of Fred Rogers' words of wisdom.

  • "It's no secret that I like to get to know people - and not just the outside stuff of their lives. I like to try to understand the meaning of who people are and what they're saying to me."
  • "The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile."
  • "My hunch is that anyone who has been able to sustain good work has had at least one person - and often many - who have believed in him or her. We just don't get to be competent human beings without a lot of different investments from others."
  • "Young boys and girls don't really want their mothers and fathers all to themselves all the time, but they do long for the feeling of being best loved and most beautiful and specially prized at least some of the time."
  • "Anger makes us feel so isolated."

Part of what makes Mr. Rogers saying You Are Special so meaningful - more meaningful than so many other celebrities, therapists, and even relatives and church leaders - is that he actually lived the life he preached and teached*. In his Neighborly Words of Wisdom he shares, quote by quote, some of of his signature sayings, bits of advice, and confidence-boosting thoughts for all the boys and girls who don't always remember that it is, or that they have the power to make it, a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

*I'm sure Mr. Rogers would think it's OK I used the improper past tense of teach there because it shows my individuality in writing, and ability to make words rhyme.

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