Look for the Helpers!

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I was young, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was one of the icons of children's TV. While he entertained, he also taught.  His teachings were simple and after awhile, too childish for me...or so I thought.

Over the years, I have come to realize that many of the adults that I thought to be silly, weird, and dopey have turned out to be pretty amazing humans, who had so much to share with a young person.  I guess it is the bane of the young to write off their elders.  But, thankfully, many of us learn to listen, eventually.

After yesterday's tragedy at the Boston Marathon, someone posted this quote from Fred Rogers.  

"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."


Hearing these words, once again, I realized what a wise and gentle man, Fred Rogers was.  He truly blessed us with his presence.

I take his words to heart...we MUST look for the helpers.  When we see the many, many people who stop to help, who face danger themselves, then we are not so afraid, then we realize that good far outweighs evil.

Another thing that we MUST do is avoid hate mongers.  There are many who use sad events such as these to point fingers or to push their own sick agendas.  If we begin hating back, then we have become what we dislike.  Do not get sucked into name calling, or finger pointing.  Instead, consciously move your attention to your heart.  Think of those you love and how your love grows with each day.  Let your love spill out into the world and wrap around others.  If we all send unconditional love out into the world, imagine how fast things would change.

There is little we can do to change the events of yesterday.  But, we can change the world today...one loving act at a time.  Begin by looking for the helpers...they are everywhere!


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Brenda Marroy said…
I love these wise and loving words. Many are focused on placing blame and in the process miss the beautiful people who are in the trenches.
Thanks, Brenda! I truly believe that focusing on Love is the best thing we can do.

Blessings! Linda

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