Mister Rogers was a very insightful man who had many words of wisdom we all could benefit from!
It can still be a beautiful day in the neighborhood if we take Mister Rogers’ lessons as seriously as *he* took *us* when we were growing up.
Lesson #1. Be the Mister Rogers you wish to see in the world.
Think: What would Mister Rogers do? Then do that. This is the most simple and most difficult of all the lessons.
Lesson #2. Know that scary things are there. And talk about it.
For example. If you are worried you might go down a drain, Mister Rogers has you.
“The rain may go down,
But you can’t go down.
You’re bigger than any bathroom drain.
You can never go down
Can never go down
You can never go down the drain.”
Lesson #3. Talk about your feelings. If you know what to do with your feelings, you can do anything.
Mister Rogers went to *CONGRESS* and talked about his feelings.
He was like, “By the way guys, people can’t deal with their feelings and they’re hurting each other.” And then he straight up was like, “Hey congressmen, can I sing you a song?”
AND HE DID.
And that’s how he won over a grouchy old senator and got millions of dollars of funding for his show.
Lesson #4. Dress down! The only thing that matters is who you are inside anyway.
Here’s some more of his beautiful song:
“But it’s you I like —
Every part of you,
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you’ll remember
Even when you’re feeling blue
That it’s you I like,
It’s you yourself,
It’s you, it’s you I like.”
Lesson #5. It’s good to be curious and imagine new things.
Remember when he took you to the crayon factory? No one questions how crayons are made because Mister Rogers changed your life when he showed you how your favorite writing utensil came to be.
Mister Rogers was ready to learn, he was curious, and he thought that, like, EVERYTHING was interesting.
Best question ever, right here:
Get out of your life and into your mind. It’s called imagining. :::prayer hands:::
Lesson #6. Remember the helpers in our world.
Lesson #7. Like other people. Like yourself!
“I’m just so proud of all of you who have grown up with us, and I know how tough it is some days to look with hope and confidence on the months and years ahead. But I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger: I like you just the way you are.” — Mister Rogers
Lesson #8. Remember: Everyone is your neighbor. I mean everyone.
New concept: EVERYONE IS YOUR NEIGHBOR.
Imagine if we lived in a world where we realllllllly thought that everyone was reallllly our neighbor.
That’s Mister Rogers’ world.
People from Ferguson.
People from halfway around the world.
People on your street! (Your LITERAL neighbors!)
Sing me your song, Mister Rogers.
“So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day. Since we’re together we might as well say: Would you be mine? Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?”
We can live in this neighborhood.
How about we grow *that* idea in the garden of our minds?
Mister Rogers taught us a special thing about ideas in the gardens of our minds.