When I was a child, I loved watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood! This show touched my heart very much and Mr Rogers’ values taught me some important life lessons that I still value today. Since a movie came out last year called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about Mr Rogers and his life and a movie is scheduled to be in theaters on November 22, 2019 called “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” staring Tom Hanks; I see this is a good time for people to relearn or watch Mr Rogers’ values, even if it’s your first time.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
I see so much on the news and watch the way people act and I realize that many people don’t know how to live in community anymore. Some refuse to be kind to each other. They don’t respect each other as people regardless of the different views we have. We can be kind and still have different views and know what we believe and why we believe it. I regularly see anger, fighting and hate. Again, we can have our views, but they don’t have to entail hate.
Be a Positive Thinker
This is an area that I have to be reminded of sometimes! As a child, for many at least, the present seems positive, so we look to the future thinking that will be positive too.
Unfortunately, with the storms of life, we feel beat up and we know longer think with a positive outlook on so many areas of our life, whether it be our family, our finances, our country and politics. We often stop believing too, that God is able to do great things!
Now to Him who is able to immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV
The Neighborhood of Make-Believe
Often, I have not taken the time to think outside the box. I stay in my own world and cannot imagine how things are any other way. This allows for stress to build up and not think about what someone else has gone through and learned through their circumstances. I then don’t learn and imagine. When I don’t think this way, I also cannot be creative and give to other people, what I have learned. I can’t state things another way.
I enjoy learning. In fact I recently wrote another blog post about being a lifelong learner because it’s such an important value. Reading often, studying and then writing give to other people, what I have learned also. This is an opportunity to grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually in some cases.
Concepts and values from the past are often forgotten today or perhaps they were never introduced. I believe that it is time that these are brought to light again!