My friend helped me discover this awesome remix of Mr. Rogers' song, "Garden of your Mind". It's original message, so simple and yet powerful, comes through brimming with extra oomph and crackle by way of this delightful mash up.
I also just came across this thoughtful piece, For Mr. Rogers on his birthday,written by Pensive Person on opensalon.com which speaks to the impact Mr. Rogers had on a generation (or more) of preschoolers and our need for a similar leader and leadership style in these new, uncertain times. Both pieces reminded me about this leader that was often ridiculed and, unfortunately, not aspired to enough.
Mr. Rogers was gentle, graceful and curious, all attributes we don't even always look for in a leader, and then we wonder why our leaders disappoint us so. What qualities are we looking for anyway?
*Mister Rogers remixed by Symphony of Science's John Boswell for PBS Digital Studios, as seen on youtube.
Fred Rogers had it going on. Nourish your neighbour, he said, take care of others and yourself and grow through curiosity. He said, “It's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff.”
His persistent belief in the awesome potential of little humans emerging into the great big world did not have to be flashy or strobe lighty to be revolutionary. We little humans grew up and some of us have little kids to raise and nuture, he led us to know that we were worthwhile so we could grow up and be able to do the same for our wee companions and others in our lives.
What little seeds are we planting in those little gardens?