A Wise Man Once Said

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Sometimes when things get to be a little too much and I need a break, I take out one of my favorite desk books – The World According to Mister Rogers, Important Things to Remember. Growing up I spent many mornings with Mr. Rogers and his comfortable shoes. As I have gotten older I truly realize what a remarkable and wise man that Fred Rogers was in his normal everyday life. The ideas that he shares transcend age and status. Won’t you be my “neighbor” as I share some of my favorite quotes from the book…

“Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect – on any front – and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”

“You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.”

“The thing I remember best about successful people I’ve met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they’re doing… and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing, and they love it in front of others.”

“Little by little we human beings are confronted with situations that give us more and more clues that we aren’t perfect.”

“The gifts we treasure most over the years are often small and simple. In easy times and in tough times, what seems to matter most is the way we show those nearest us that we’ve been listening to their needs, to their joys, and to their challenges.”

“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.”

“A young apprentice applied to a master carpenter for a job. The older man asked him, ‘Do you know your trade?’ ‘Yes, sir!’ the young man replied proudly. ‘Have you ever made a mistake?’ the older man inquired. ‘No, sir!’ the young man answered, feeling certain he would get the job. ‘Then there’s no way I’m going to hire you,’ said the master carpenter, ‘because when you make one, you won’t know how to fix it.’”

Do you have a go-to book for when your plate is a bit too full? A quote that you really love that is sure to give you a pick-me-up? When’s the last time you pulled it out? Did it help?