Just the way you are

I love Mr. Rogers :)

I watched the movie about him on my flight back from Canada a couple weeks ago.

It prompted me to look up more about him, and I listened to a commencement speech he gave at Dartmouth University in 2002. In this speech he quoted one of his iconic songs:

It’s you I like,
It’s not the things you wear,
It’s not the way you do your hair–
But it’s you I like
The way you are right now,
The way down deep inside you–
Not the things that hide you,
Not your toys–
They’re just beside you.

But it’s you I like–
Every part of you,
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you’ll remember
Even when you’re feeling blue
That it’s you I like,
It’s you yourself,
It’s you, it’s you I like.

He went on to explain:

“And what that ultimately means, of course, is that you don’t ever have to do anything sensational for people to love you. When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see, or hear, or touch.”

We’re unconditionally worthy of love :)

Mr. Rogers taught that we don’t have to earn love, we’re always worthy of it. This is the way our Heavenly Parents love us, and it’s the way we can learn to love ourselves! Rosemary Wixam taught:

Our divine nature has nothing to do with our personal accomplishments, the status we achieve, the number of marathons we run, or our popularity and self-esteem. Our divine nature comes from God. It was established in an existence that preceded our birth and will continue on into eternity.

My recent HWN has come from reflecting on our universal unconditional loveability!

p.s. Some updates since my last post… Check our my album from my Canada trip!

I got to be in a Blue Grass band for a talent show at a retirement home :) Yep, I was on the washboard!

Jenny took me on a sibling date!

And I got to be Gilderoy Lockhart in a murder mystery dinner. The ladies couldn’t resist… :p 

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