but after watching several TV shows this evening it's begun to feel like
there are more TV characters going to 12 Step meetings
than there are actual people going to 12 Step meetings.
(Which is not to say there aren't a whole lotta people in meetings but... damn. Feels like every show I happen to see has someone sitting on a folding metal chair with a styrofoam cup in their hand and a lot of earnest people sitting around them nodding.)
On the anniversary of his passing, here are 5 quotes from someone who truly lived his spiritual principles, and showed people that moving through the world with humility and compassion is not only possible, it is within real and easy reach of us all.
Sometimes, on the bad days, I begin to imagine a life lived in that way can become a little small, or reduces one's potential, or diminishes the impact one might have on others... when I think like that I remember Mr. Fred Rogers, who touched so many, not through the power of television, but rather through the example of his faith and commitment to his principles.
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.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world.
The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.
There's no "should" or "should not" when it comes to having feelings. They're a part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings.
Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. It takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief and our anger flow in tears when they need to. It takes strength to talk about our feelings and to reach out for help and comfort when we need it.
And one to grow on:
At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.