Updated: Feb 21, 2020
I have now twice seen the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a new biopic about Mr. Rogers who is brilliantly portrayed by Tom Hanks. Despite Mr. Rogers’ reputation of being child-oriented, I recommend this movie for the adults who are harboring negative feelings. In watching (and re-watching) this film, it reminded me that what is important in life is having good relationships. The relationship we have with ourselves is of the utmost importance, and the relationship we have with others, particularly our family members, can mean the difference between a happy life and an unhappy life for ourselves.
We might be quick to jeopardize these important relationships as we feel justified in holding a grudge, in seeking revenge, or not loving a family member, but when we do, how does that work out for us? Mr. Roger’s himself said,
“It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love.”
Have we caged ourselves in anger and locked out those relationships that could be bringing us joy? Try letting yourself out of this cage and learn some lessons from Mr. Rogers in this movie. I can tell you with confidence from my personal experiences that choosing forgiveness is choosing happiness as the burden of the grudge is lifted.
If we can keep our happiness in perspective, wouldn’t we be happier to forgive and forget? To forgive is to forget. The grudge we hold is not as important as our happiness.
“We are trying to give the world positive ways of dealing with their feelings.”
Here is a link to the song written by Fred Rogers, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”. If you or someone you know is having a problem keeping relationships in perspective and thinking “What would Mr. Rogers do?” isn’t helping, I would love it if you gave me a call. I promise to be non-judgmental.
I recommend the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and I wish you and your family the Happiest of Holidays!