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Mr. Rogers Left Us A Beautiful Farewell Message Before He Died, And It Will Make You Sob

It doesn’t matter how old you are today, you have probably watched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood back in the day, and it taught you a lot of valuable lessons.

Even if you’re among the few that did not tune into the show, you can’t deny the influence the red sweater-wearing American icon had on children and adults alike.

While many children’s shows from that era focused on simply entertaining, the ever so insightful Fred Rogers made sure his television program delivered important messages to his audience in a direct yet gentle approach.

The beloved show ran from 1966 to 2001, which made it the longest-running children’s show on television until Sesame Street eventually broke the streak.

Mr. Fred Rogers
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Mr. Rogers sadly passed away in 2003, following stomach cancer complications, but his legacy continues to live on in many ways.

In addition to being a TV host, writer, musician, producer, and Presbyterian minister, Mr. Rogers was also a brilliant advocate for important causes and an expert in giving out timeless advice that people of all ages could benefit from.

He always knew exactly what to say to make us feel better. Let’s take a look at some examples:

On love:

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like “struggle.” To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”

On change:

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”

On civic duty:

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

On caring for those around you:

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

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On dealing with pain:

“There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.”

On facing our 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.”

On forgiveness:

“Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in our lives.”

On peace:

“Peace means far more than the opposite of war!”

Even in the months leading up to his death, an ill Mr. Rogers took the time to impart some of his wisdom onto us.

At the end of 2002, he shared a powerful video message for those who grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and it’s one of the last things he recorded before he passed away on February 27, 2003.

Tags: Mr. Rogers, Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Farewell message, children’s show

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