In 1997, Mr. Rogers won an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He gave a very short speech but it brought the house to tears. The part that got to everyone was when he asked that they pause for a few moments–ten seconds–to think of the people who have helped them become who they were. He called these people, “…special ones who have loved us into being.”
I’d like to do that same thing today. Please join me in taking a moment out of your busy schedule to think of the ones who have believed in you, encouraged you, supported you, and stood by you when the going was really tough. Perhaps they were the only ones there for you when everyone else had turned away. Without their help and belief in you, you would not be where you are today.
Whether they are still on this Earth or not, pause and hold them in your thoughts and heart and send them your loving gratitude.
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
PS: Thanks, Dad.