Everyone loved Mister Rogers and you know it.
There was something about how he spoke, how he cared so deeply about others, that just resonates in every soul. This was a man who you knew just bled love, compassion, grace, and truth with every breath he took. He was an expert at saying true stuff that was really difficult (well, for a child at least), in a way that made them feel loved and can easily accept the truth.
What would Mister Rogers do in such a time like this? I don’t know about you but I feel like the whole world is trying to create labels now. The ‘good’ guys vs. the ‘bad’ guys. The ‘over-reacting’ ones vs. the ‘under-reacting’ ones. And in this whole pursuit of labeling, we forget about the broken human soul in every person right now.
We put our own dreams, our own expectations, our own hopes onto others but in trying to win the point, even if the point is right, we are more than willing to lose that broken, jacked, screwed up person. Thank goodness we’re never that broken person… right?
I wanted to take time in this letter to share how Mister Rogers spoke with kids. Turned out, he spent hours upon hours just writing those episodes, taking care to make sure nothing could be misconstrued or could scare children. For example, he never said that blood pressure cuffs ‘blow up’ because that may sound like an explosion — instead, he said it gets a puff of air. And his attention to detail in communication is something I think we could benefit from, for such a time as this.