“How do we make goodness attractive?” That was the question Fred Rogers dedicated his life to answering.
An ultimate #Thanks4GivingThursday
to the incredible #MisterRogers
and all of the people that put together the “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” documentary and everyone at @thelittletheatre
that helped bring it to #ROC
❤️ It wasn’t just a love of cardigans that I learned from Mister Rogers. He tried to use his show to “make a neighborhood out of the whole country.” He believed that “to grow, every child needs to know that they are loved and accepted just the way they are.” Perhaps nobody in America is more responsible for making kids feel that they were worthy of love. I was lucky that this message was just another affirmation of what I learned from my parents. For many other kids, Mister Rogers was the only person that demonstrated such unconditional love. He may have been the first master of #PositivePsychology
. As Rochester’s own #FrederickDouglass
said “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men (or women).” There were an endless amount of tweetable quotes of #MisterRogersWisdom
and I’m going to have to go see it a few more times to capture them all. If I could do anything in life, it would be to continue his legacy to try to “make goodness attractive.” The ultimate message is that “we are ALL neighbors” is both timely in today’s world and also timeless for every generation. There have been a lot of rough headlines lately in the news and I’ll admit that my typical optimism was being tested. This documentary was exactly what I needed. Not only to be transported back to #MisterRogersNeighborhood
, but also to learn how often he too questioned whether he was making an impact. Go see this film. I wonder what the world might look like if we could absorb this message and simply see each other as neighbors.
You are all my neighbors and I love you all. Just the way you are.