Welcome to the second Note on Mister Rogers’ wisdom.
Did you know that Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister who was given the unique charge of working with children and families through television? Yep.
I actually read both this book and the one we covered in our last Note () on the same weekend. They’re both quick-reading collections of some of Fred’s best wisdom gems gathered from various sources and organized by different themes.
And… Both books left a very powerful impression on my consciousness—making me a better, more loving father and husband. In fact, Fred Rogers is my new go-to hero for the warmth and patience and presence with which I want to show up in those roles in my life.
As I was reading his books (and elevating my consciousness via his), I was reminded of some Joseph Campbell wisdom. A couple nuggets actually.
Moyers asked Campbell: “How do we know these things [how to experience bliss]?”
To which Campbell replies: “I’ll tell you a way, a very nice way. Sit in a room and read—and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time. This realization of life can be a constant realization in your living.” <- Emphasis mine. Yep. That’s exactly the sensation I had.
If you’d like to soak your mind on Mister Rogers’ wonderfully wise level, I think you’ll love the book as much as I did. (Get a copy .) (And, you can learn more about the great work that the Fred Rogers Production staff continues to do in the world .)
As always, this book is packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share a handful we can apply to our lives TODAY so let’s jump straight in!