“I Like You Just the Way You Are.” – Mr. Fred Rogers

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Today would have been Mr. Roger’s 89th birthday.  He was famous for a number of things:  his powerful testimony in 1967 before the Senate urging them to not cut funding to educational TV, the cardigans and sneakers he’d put on at the beginning of each episode of his TV program, and his manner that was direct and truthful but yet also gentle and compassionate.

Most of all, though, he’s remembered for saying to all:  I like you just the way you are.  What a comfort to hear that, not only for the children watching his show each day but also for the adults who were often watching alongside the kids.

And it was a relief to hear someone say that, and say it in a way that you really, truly, honestly believed Mr. Rogers was speaking directly to you.  The tension you didn’t know you were holding drained out of you when you realize you don’t have to be thinner, taller, younger, older, shorter, heavier, smarter…you get the idea!…in order to be liked.  You can be you, just the way you are, and someone—Mr. Rogers, at least—likes you!

Wow!  What a concept!

Today, in honor of Mr. Rogers’ birthday, I want to take his sentiment and go one step further.  Not only do I join with Mr. Rogers in liking you just the way you are, but I also know you are the best one suited to live your life.  People who you think are much more talented, smarter, etc., than you would make a total and complete mess of your life if they had to live it.  In fact, the smartest most talented and gifted person in the whole world would make worse mistakes if living your life than you may have made in your life.  That’s because they don’t have the innate knowledge, talents, and skills that are needed to live your life.

But you do!  And, isn’t that a grand and wonderful thing?!

Today and this week keep saying to yourself “I like me just the way I am.”  Join me this week on the blog as we continue to talk about this and how it relates to crafting and meaningful life for yourself.

I like you just the way you are and furthermore, I believe in you.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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