This holiday season take a pass on "The Grinch." Same can be said for It's a "Wonderful Life", "Miracle on 34th Street" and even "Elf." Treat yourself to a film that dances with the spirit os the season in a powerful way and invites you to do the same with Morgan Neville's Fred Rogers documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbor."
Mr Rogers, an ordained Methodist pastor, was animated by a cosmic faith that compelled him to see every single human he met as a new neighbor to greet warmly, affirm, and share life with. Rogers embraced the idea, celebrated by most all faith traditions, that each person is a sacred revelation of the Divine and is truly God With Us: "Each of us has something that no one else has – or ever will have – something inside that is unique to all time."
The film itself is a touching portrayal of Rogers' life, his drive, and the quiet power and authority compassion and kindness has on our lives and the lives of those around us.
At one point, one of the folks interviewed in the film questions whether "it worked." The implication being that when he looks around the world today, he doesn't see much of Mr. Rogers values informing our eco-sphere. The question reveals the questioner doesn't quite get it. I would say the same is similarly true of those confused by the work or goals of Team Humans.
Fred Rogers lived knowing that "The only thing that really changes the world is when someone gets the idea that love can abound." One never loses in pursuit of this aim. Just as one never loses as they seek to "create a world where every person recognizes themselves in the other." These are two sides of the same coin. In socializing these values in old, new, and creative expressions there are only winners. Love, compassion, kindness, and empathy are AAA rated assets (Abundantly Accessible Assets). I would argue further that paradoxically unlike other assets, they grow evermore in the user and the receiver and untold future persons you haven't yet met.
At Team Humans, we consider ourselves fellow ambassadors and partners in Fred's work. This mission is common to all humanity and will always be to large for a single person or single organization to shoulder. Join us in the New Year as we accept the invitation to allow anyone and everyone to be our neighbor. We look forward to experiencing it all together with you, whatever it may bring.