13 Jun Susan’s Sound Advice #1080
Mr. Rogers was a show that was always on in my home when my kids were little. It was part of the PBS lineup, along with Sesame Street, that ultimately nourished them with both entertainment and education. Eventually, I became a huge fan of Mr. Rogers after a show where he spoke about being brave and then sang a song called “Be Brave and then Be Strong”. This tune, believe it or not, became my mantra during many uneasy occasions during my life. In the aftermath of the horrendous event that took place in Orlando, I have again looked to some of Mr. Roger’s words for comfort. Here I share them with you. “If you grew up with our “Neighborhood”, you may remember how we sometimes talked about difficult things. There were dayseven beautiful daysthat weren’t happy. In fact, there were some that were really sad. Well…we’ve had a lot of days like that in our whole world. We’ve seen what some people do when they don’t know anything else to do with their anger. 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. “.
Thank you Mr. Rogers, and we will all try our best to be brave and strong even though our hearts are hurting……#susankorwin