With the release of the new Mr. Rogers movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” I think back to my childhood and the lessons I learned while watching the TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Fred Rogers, who was a Presbyterian minister and the host of the television show, taught lessons of love, understanding, and neighborly goodwill. I want to share some of the things I learned as a child from Mr. Rogers:
- Be yourself. With all the stuff going on around us and everything on social media, it is easy to lose who you are. My advice: “Do you and be you.”
- Treat people with respect. We tend to forget this with the climate of the country, and doing this at the dinner table can help.
- People with differences can co-exist. We are not the same, we have different views and ideas, but we can still get along.
- You can make a difference where you are: Doing little things can have a big impact.
- Love yourself: Need I say more?
- Every day can be a beautiful day: Make every day special with little things.
- You are special: There is the only one you, and that’s what makes you unique.
- Take care of each other: I know Jerry Springer says this, but he got from Mr. Rogers!
- We are all neighbors: From the Bible (Matthew 22: 36-40), love your neighbor as you love yourself.
- Nobody’s perfect: We are all human.
In closing, remember this Mr. Rogers’ song this holiday season when you start to feel stressed out:
“It’s such a good feeling
To know you’re alive.
It’s such a happy feeling;
You’re growing inside.
And when you wake up ready to say:
I think I’ll make a snappy new day.
It’s such a good feeling,
A very good feeling.
The feeling you know, that I’ll be back
When the day is new.
And I’ll have more ideas for you.
And you’ll have things you’ll want to talk about.
I will too.”
Contributed by Prosperity Connection Staff, Evette Baker, Director of Financial Capability