“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” ― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers
As I have been packing up my house for this experiment/journey, I found my copy of The Atlantic with Mr. Rogers on the front of it. I also found books by Mr. Rogers that clinical psych students have given me over the years because they knew how I admired Mr. Rogers like my hero. To top it off, in my sorting and packing I found a toy that when you press different buttons you hear Mr. Rogers’ voice saying, “I like you just the way you are.” Or, “You make each day a special day. You know how, by just your being you.” And, of course, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” It was a perfect thing to find. It made me think about how I am going about this journey as an experiment and how that gives me room to just accept everything as it is, including myself.
What if every piece of this journey was sacred, and each step or action or thought was done with such attentiveness and acceptance that the meaning of each step was a whole journey by itself ?