Reflections on kindness and compassion from everyone’s favorite neighbor.

By Liz Steelman
May 26, 2017

After the Manchester, England bombings, you might have seen a quote from Mr. Rogers being shared around the internet: “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.” Unlike many internet memes, this one is actually attributed correctly to Fred Rogers—parents can even find a guide to dealing with tragic events with their children on The Fred Rogers Company website.

This meme sparked reflection on the unparalleled wisdom that came from the beloved television host Mr. Fred McFeely Rogers. Whether it was a chance in-person meeting before he passed away in 2003, or scenes from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood that just stuck with us—it seemed everyone had a story to tell. In fact, one writer Anthony Breznican, tweeted out his story about meeting him in an elevator and receiving an incredible amount of comfort and compassion from Rogers, a stranger suddenly turned dear friend. He later expanded his story for Entertainment Weekly, where he works as an editor.

In honor of Mr. Rogers’ ability to help us through the difficult times, even after his death, we’ve compiled some of our favorite life lessons we’ve learned from our favorite cardigan-sporting neighbor.

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