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.


I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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