on and from
days, doing "the best we can" may still fall short of what
we would like to be able to do, but life isn't perfect--on any
front--and doing what we can with what we have is the
most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.
our feelings and giving them appropriate expression
always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to
acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to
curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them
into nonviolent outlets. It takes strength to face our sadness
to grieve and to let our grief and anger flow in tears when they
need to. It takes strength to talk about our feelings and to
out for help and comfort when we need it.
Whatever we choose to imagine can
be as private as we want it to be. Nobody knows what you're thinking or
feeling unless you share it.
we can resign ourselves to the wishes that will never
come true, there can be enormous energies available within
us for whatever we can do. I know a woman who remembers
the time when her wish to have children would not be realized.
She remembers the struggle of the final resignation, and then
she remembers the outcome of that resignation. Enormous
energies were available to her, which she used in developing
uniquely creative work with young parents.
who have learned to be comfortably dependent can
become not only comfortably independent, but can also become
comfortable with having people depend on them. They can learn,
or stand and be learned upon, because they know what
a good feeling it can be to be needed.
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.
is like infinity. You can't have more or less infinity, and
you can't compare two things to see if they're "equally
infinite." Infinity just is, and that's the way I think love is, too.
of the problem with the word "disabilities" is that it
suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do
other things that many
of us take for granted. But what of people
who can't feel? Or talk
about their feelings? Or manage their
feelings in constructive ways?
What of people who aren't able to
form close and strong relationships?
And people who cannot find
fulfillment in their lives, or those who have
lost hope, who live
in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no
joy, no love?
These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.
people behind the words
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no "should" or "should not" when it comes to
They're part of who we are and their origins are beyond our
When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make
choices about what to do with those feelings.
wrote in a song that in the long, long trip of growing, there
along the way. It's important to know when we
need to stop, reflect,
and receive. In our competitive
that might be called a waste
of time. I've learned that
times can be the preamble to periods
of enormous growth. Recently, I declared a day to be alone with
myself. I took
long drive and played a tape. When I got to the
I read and prayed and listened and slept. In fact, I can't
remember having a calmer sleep in a long, long time. The
next day I
went back to work and did more
than I usually get done in three days.
of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we're giving
or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring
to this world. That's one of the things that connects us as
neighbors--in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.
an old Italian proverb: Qui va piano, va sano, va lentano.
That means: "The person who goes quietly, goes with health
goes far." Hurrying up and using a lot of shortcuts
doesn't get us very far at all.
my mother or my grandmother tried to keep me from climbing
too high, my grandfather would say, "Let the kid walk on the
got to learn to do things for himself." I loved my
grandfather for trusting
me so much. His name was Fred McFeely. No wonder I
included a lively,
elderly delivery man in our television "neighborhood"
we named "Mr. McFeeley."
not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life
that ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we
be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth,
that the bedrock of our very being is firm.
McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February
27, 2003) was an American television
personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer,
and Presbyterian minister. Rogers was
famous for creating, hosting, and composing the theme music for
the educational preschool television
series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001),
which featured his kind-hearted, grandfatherly personality, and
directness to his audiences.
Initially educated to be a minister, Rogers was displeased with
the way television addressed children and made an effort to change
this when he began to write for and perform on local Pittsburgh-area
shows dedicated to youth. WQED developed his own show in
1968 and it was distributed nationwide by Eastern
Educational Television Network. Over the course of three
decades on television, Fred Rogers became an icon of American
children's entertainment and education. He was
also known for his advocacy of various public causes. His
testimony before a lower court in favor of fair-use recording of
television shows to play at another time (now known as time
shifting) was cited in a U.S. Supreme Court decision
on the Betamax case, and he gave now-famous
testimony to a U.S. Senate committee,
advocating government funding for children's television.
Rogers received the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, some forty honorary degrees, and a Peabody
Award. He was inducted into the Television Hall
of Fame, was recognized by two Congressional resolutions, and was
ranked No. 35 among TV Guide's Fifty
Greatest TV Stars of All Time. Several buildings and
artworks in Pennsylvania are dedicated to his memory, and the Smithsonian
Institution displays one of his trademark
sweaters as a "Treasure of American History." On
June 25, 2016, a historical marker named the Fred
Rogers Historical Marker was placed near
Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and was named and dedicated in his memory.
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