Look For The Helpers

Talking about the Newtown massacre with John the other day, he told me about some wise words from Fred Rogers of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood:”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

This sort of attitude changes the whole narrative of the event. Instead of focusing on the bad things, we look for the people trying to put things to right. Instead of looking at the person that wants to hurt, look at the people that swarm in to help. I plan to try to instill this habit into myself.

2 Responses to “Look For The Helpers”

  1. Bill Davis says:

    Ted,
    A group that I saw everywhere there were people like you, volunteer firemen. I give you lots of credit for being willing to put yourself in places and times that can be chaotic and troubling to respond to those needs.
    Bill

  2. Ted says:

    Thanks for the kind words about the volunteer fire and first responder work I do Bill. As someone that had some troubles in my K-12 days, I’m equally grateful for the work you did in your professional life. I crossed paths all too often with authoritarian school officials that saw each encounter as a way to establish themselves in the pecking order, which I contrast 180 degrees from the way you handled such situations. Life is good, and there are lots of helpers around if we only remember to look for them. ted

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