Fred Rogers was born about 30 miles from where I live in western Pennsylvania. And he came to be one of the most insightful people that I’ve ever read.
In Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers, a collection of his quotes, I realized he spoke in simple terms with simple words, but he thought about deep ideas that promote goodness and relate to everybody.
For example, his quote in the book on creativity:
Being creative is part of being human. Everyone is creative. Each person’s creativity finds different form, that’s true; but without creativity of some kind, I doubt that we’d get through many of the problems that life poses.
The book is divided into three sections:
- Who You Are Right Now (being confident and accepting who you and others are)
- Loving and Being Loved
- Guided drift (moving through life)
Instead of just telling you how good this book is, let me show you. Here are some quotes that stuck out to me:
I wonder if we might pledge ourselves to remember what life is really all about – not to be afraid that we’re less flashy than the next, not to worry that our influence is not that of a tornado, but rather that of a grain of sand in an oyster! Do we have that kind of patience?
It’s really easy to fall into the trap of believing that what we do is more important thatn what we are. Of course, it’s the opposite that’s true: What we are ultimately determines what we do!
It is tempting to cling to the familiar. Just like in music, if we keep living…playing in the key of C, we wouldn’t have to take any risks of not making it to the key of E-flat. But we’d never know what it sounded like unless we tried. And once we’ve had the practice and the pleasure of making a transition from one key to the next, the subsequent times might not be quite so difficult.