This month’s book club choice, I’m Proud of You by Tim Madigan, reveals the unlikely friendship between newspaper writer, Tim Madigan, and Fred Rogers. Yes, Fred Rogers is thee Mister Rogers that we all know and love from our childhood and who resonates throughout this memoir as a compassionate, thoughtful, and wise friend, husband, and person. Although their relationship is the main focus of the story, I felt the amazing lessons Tim learned from Fred about friendship, love, and life were the real shining moments that anyone could take to heart and apply to their everyday life. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Never assume there is going to be more than this day. We must never take love for granted (146).
Anything mentionable is manageable (3).
Every second is sacred time, in one way or another…every day is a gift to each of one of us…no matter what our present prognosis happens to be (111).
“I am because we are”…I would be a very different person without you (7).
Your wounded heart is a very beautiful heart. In fact, it has probably allowed you to understand the hearts of all others who are ‘wounded’. And whose isn’t, in some way? Some are just a little more obvious than others (7).
Each and every act of kindness done by anyone anywhere resonates out into the world and somehow, mysteriously, and perfectly, touches us all (78).
These life lessons from Mister Rogers as well as his innate ability to focus the whole of his attention on the work, the person or the situation directly in front of him at that precise moment are words and actions I will continue to try to emulate in the future to be a better friend, partner, coworker, sibling, daughter, and citizen. That being said, I highly recommend reading this book, but be forewarned it is NOT appropriate for an airplane unless you like bawling at 30,000 feet in the air surrounded by complete strangers (I tried it – it isn’t pretty) – a definite tear jerker.