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The Real Disabilities

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.” 
― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

I Like You Just the Way You Are

I like you just the way you are.  Mr. Rogers used to say that.
Everywhere we turn we hear  we are not good enough.  Not smart enough.  Not rich enough.  You name it the world is telling us we’re not doing enough.  Yet we are killing ourselves trying to do too much.  Our bodies were not created to withstand the intense stress we put on them.  We must rest, or we will not continue to function.
In college I would watch Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, just to see Fred Rogers look into the camera, right at me and say, “I like you just the way you are.”  I believe God says that to us as well.  That doesn’t mean we can’t always do better, but we need to learn when enough is enough because we will never be able to do enough to please the world.
Let’s listen to those comforting words from Fred Rogers one more time.