“Sometimes people are good And they do just what they should. But the very same people who are good sometimes Are the very same people who are bad sometimes. It’s funny, but it’s true. It’s the same, isn’t it for me and…
Sometimes people get wet. And their parents get upset. But the very same people who get wet sometimes Are the very same people who are dry sometimes. It’s funny, but it’s true. It’s the same, isn’t it for me and…
Sometimes people make noise And they break another’s toys. But the very same people who are noisy sometimes Are the very same people who are quiet sometimes. It’s funny, but it’s true. It’s the same, isn’t it for me and…
Sometimes people are good And they do just what they should. But the very same people who are good sometimes Are the very same people who are bad sometimes. It’s funny, but it’s true. It’s the same, isn’t it for me… Isn’t it the same for you?”
The loving, gentle, true, and beautiful, perspective Fred Rogers shares in this song couldn’t be simpler, but it’s been so easily missed or forgotten by me . I find it is a perspective that encourages kindness, mercy and loyal love towards others and myself.
“Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man.”
“Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort”
“Why do you run scattershot
begging for answers
when you are the essence
of all meaning?”
“A human being is a spatially and temporally limited piece of the whole, what we call the “Universe”. He experiences himself and his feelings as separate from the rest, an optical illusion of his consciousness. The quest for liberation from this bondage is the only object of true religion. Not nurturing the illusion but only overcoming it gives us the attainable measure of inner peace.”
“What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
“The Little Prince”, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond”
“We are never confronted with a task that denies us our free will.”
“In every one of us this morning, there’s a war going on. It’s a civil war. I don’t care who you are, I don’t care where you live, there is a civil war going on in your life. And every time you set out to be good, there’s something pulling on you, telling you to be evil. It’s going on in your life. Every time you set out to love, something keeps pulling on you, trying to get you to hate. Every time you set out to be kind and say nice things about people, something is pulling on you to be jealous and envious and to spread evil gossip about them. There’s a civil war going on. There is a schizophrenia, as the psychologists or the psychiatrists would call it, going on within all of us. And there are times that all of us know somehow that there is a Mr. Hyde and a Dr. Jekyll in us. And we end up having to cry out with Ovid, the Latin poet, “I see and approve the better things of life, but the evil things I do.” We end up having to agree with Plato that the human personality is like a charioteer with two headstrong horses, each wanting to go in different directions. Or sometimes we even have to end up crying out with Saint Augustine as he said in his Confessions, “Lord, make me pure, but not yet.” We end up crying out with the Apostle Paul, “The good that I would I do not: And the evil that I would not, that I do.” Or we end up having to say with Goethe that “there’s enough stuff in me to make both a gentleman and a rogue.” There’s a tension at the heart of human nature. And whenever we set out to dream our dreams and to build our temples, we must be honest enough to recognize it.”
“Unfulfilled Dreams” Sermon, Martin Luther King Jr.
” The human shape is a ghost
made of distraction and pain.
Sometimes pure light, sometimes cruel,
trying wildly to open,
this image tightly held within itself”
“Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know they are loved and capable of loving.”
“We are all so much alike… and yet we’re all so different! I find myself rejoicing at the endless variety of human beings, and that’s partly, I know, because your differences from one another tell me that it’s all right for me to be different in many ways, too.”
Share in the comments any quotes about being human that speak to you. I’d love to read them.
I discovered this cover of Fred Rogers’ It’s You I Like while making a playlist for a loved one. I was searching for a song which expressed how I feel towards them. And this song captured that to me in a deep way. In a vulnerable way. It expresses something my heart knows and feels, but I struggle to express and live in life. Expressing this feeling to someone else is important to me, and true to me, but very difficult for me (even if simply doing it through someone else’s song like this). It is an emotion that is hard for me to grasp and express at all. And I suspect, in real life situations, hard for me to grasp and accept from another when expressed towards me. But that is the magic of this song, it reaches me. It brings tears to my eyes. I accept it, I feel it for a moment. And I remember that moment.
When I reflect on my experience of this song it is complex. Is the song being sung to me? Or am I the one singing the song? Is the song a parent singing to their child? Or a child singing to their parent? I hear it as first being sung to me, but somehow it has a magic that frees me to be more fully myself for a moment, and what I find is I am somehow the voice who was singing the song in the first place. Singing that song to myself, everyone else, and everything. Somehow I have lost and forgotten part of who I am.
My heart finds so much comfort and peace in the unconditional love expressed in this song. And I believe through hearing it, my heart builds up a sense of trust and safety. Which allows my heart to feel increasingly empowered and free to sing it.
“The truth is inside of us, and it’s wonderful when we have the courage to tell it.
Singing: What if I were very, very sad And all I did was smile? I wonder after a while What might become of my sadness? What if I were very, very angry, And all I did was sit And never think about it? What might become of my anger? Where would they go, and what would they do If I couldn’t let them out? Maybe I’d fall, maybe get sick Or doubt. But what if I could know the truth And say just how I feel? I think I’d learn a lot that’s real About freedom. I’m learning to sing a sad song when I’m sad. I’m learning to say I’m angry when I’m very mad. I’m learning to shout, I’m getting it out, I’m happy, learning Exactly how I feel inside of me I’m learning to know the truth I’m learning to tell the truth Discovering truth will make me free.
Are you discovering the truth about you? Well I’m still discovering the truth about me. That’s what we do as we keep on growing in life.”
Fred Rogers television show Mister Rogers Neighborhood was intended for children. And he spoke so beautifully to the child’s heart, he was often able to awaken the inner child that still lives within adults. His gentle, compassionate, and understanding presence along with his wisdom has been/is incredibly inspiring and comforting to me in this journey.