I am a big fan of Mister Rogers. Fred Rogers was a remarkable man who put himself out there to do something innovative, without compromising his vision, and it impacted my generation and beyond. Some of Mister Rogers's statements have been so impactful that they have lived beyond his death including, perhaps one of his most famous, "Look for the helpers."
Originally this quote was meant to comfort children who were seeing traumatic events. They were encouraged to look for the people who were helping, because they were always present, bringing grounding to the chaos.
My week was by no means traumatic, but it was chaotic, with a lot of different balls in the air and far too many late nights. Yet, as I was reflecting back on the week, it was this quote from Mister Rogers that came to mind.
But for me, the "helpers" were not ones that would be traditionally identified. They were an awesome spiritual director. Colleagues who go above and beyond. A coach who is helping me do a hard thing. But my helpers were vital to my week.
I wonder who the helpers were in your week and how you were a helper to others? How do we add value, beyond measure, to one another's lives?
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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