Inspiration #8 – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” –Fred Rogers

Mr. RogersAs you likely know, for years Fred Rogers hosted a TV program called “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” that featured the interactions he had with his “neighbors” (and after watching the show a few times, you realize everyone is a “neighbor,” a word that becomes synonymous with “friend” or even “human”). The show had very few cuts and edits, making it feel very different in this age of fast-moving video snippets. This was all carefully planned and designed as a way to help preschoolers feel safe.

To learn more about Mr. Rogers, and as this week’s inspiration, I encourage you to read this lovely article, one of my all-time favorite pieces of writing. It’s a bit long, but it really is incredible. Find a quiet time to sit down to read it and give yourself permission to be caught up in it, like the article itself is a friend, a neighbor.

I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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