By CreativeWings, 18 August, 2010

Riding the subway this morning listening to my ipod when the song Tequila by The Champs came on. Within the first few notes, I was smiling because that song takes me immediately to the “big shoe dance” from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. So, why am I sharing this with you? Because it was a moment of unexpected joy, and not only did it make me very happy, but it also started me thinking about how important those moments are.

Things like this do happen every day. The trick is being present enough in the moment to notice them. How often is it that I am so wrapped up in something that happened in the past, or concerned about some future event that these joyful moments pass me by unnoticed?

Often when I do notice them, I take time to say “thanks” for the moment I experienced, but now I think what I should really be saying thanks for, is the gift of being present enough in the moment to notice them.


Living like Fred

By CreativeWings, 28 June, 2010

I have been thinking about a quote from Fred Rogers that I have on my refrigerator.

“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”.

I think I love this quote so much, because it serves as a reminder, and frankly, a challenge every time I read it.

It seems that Fred Rogers was really able to embrace this, not only in Mister Rogers Neighborhood, but also in his everyday life. I’ve read over and over of the interactions with the people in his life, and their accounts of how generous he was with his time and his genuine interest in each of their lives.

We each have opportunities daily to be more like Mister Rogers.

How can you help the people around you to realize how rare and valuable they are?
How can you help yourself to realize this?

And, just in case you need to hear that familiar theme song to get you moving in the Mister Rogers direction…