precious words from Fred Rogers

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.

When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong with the fearful, the true mixed in with the façade, and of course, the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way.

You can’t really love someone else unless you really love yourself first.

Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.

Feeling good about ourselves is essential in our being able to love others.

Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving.

Taking care is one way to show your love. Another way is letting people take good care of you when you need it.

As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has or ever will have something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.

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