Among many things, Mister Rogers believed that we never stop learning. That being curious was one of the best things you could be. Without this curiosity, there would also be no Adventure.
With the release of Won't You Be My Neighbor? fans of Mister Rogers are looking back on the many childhood afternoons they spent with this be-cardiganed gentleman that always spoke softly and with respect, directly to them. We may not have even realized it at the time, but Mister Rogers was probably one of our first teachers.
Here are some of our favorite Life Lessons from the World's Favorite Neighbor, Fred Rogers.
1. Always look for the helpers
"When I was a child and would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"
2. Always lift others up
"I got into television because I saw people throwing pies in each other's faces, and that's such demeaning behavior. And if there's anything that bothers me, it's one person demeaning another."
3. Always be kind
"There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind."
4. Always listen
“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
5. Always follow your passions
"The thing I remember best about the truly successful people I’ve met is their obvious delight in what they do. Such honest, enthusiastic living of our lives — no matter what our talents may be — can deeply affect others."
6. Always forgive
"One of my wise teachers, Dr. Orr, told me, 'There is only one thing evil cannot stand, and that is forgiveness.'"
7. Always be yourself
"The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self"
"I like you, just the way you are."