If you are wondering why many people seem to be wearing cardigans today it is to commemorate Mister Rogers on World Kindness Day. The holiday itself is a way to bring random acts of kindness to the forefront, and the Mister Rogers frenzy is heightened in anticipation of the movie about him to be released later this month. So, World Kindness Day paired with #CardiganDay equals a social media trend.

Personally, I was not a fan of Mister Rogers’ show. While he wished for me to have a “beautiful day in the neighborhood”, the cadence at which he delivered his messages of self-acceptance and empowerment was like nails on a chalkboard to me. I did much better when I read his words in print!

One of the passages (in print!) that resonated with me: I like to swim, but there are some days I just don’t feel much like doing it – but I do it anyway! I know it’s good for me and I promised myself I’d do it every day, and I like to keep my promises. That’s one of my disciplines.”

 There are books of Mister Rogers quotes – inspiring sayings that spread kindness and reinforced the good he saw in all people. Today may be the day where your cardigan and random acts can be highlighted on social media, but every day can be more beautiful if you follow some of Mister Rogers’ wisdom.

 

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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