then, through email correspondence and phone conversations, the two developed a close friendship that served madigan well. as he went through marriage difficulty, some depression and related issues, and then a terrible family illness, mr. rogers walked with him each step of the way and demonstrated love and kindness beyond expectation.
it changed madigan's life.
one of the greatest impacts rogers had on madigan was in telling him time and time again: IPOY. i'm proud of you. it was the mantra of their friendship, and madigan had no idea how hungry he had been to hear those words. ultimately, hearing those words and living into them helped to save his marriage, his relationship with his father and brother, and set his life on a different course. it is a compelling story, and, at least for me, a challenging one.
i want to be like mr. rogers. big time.
i want my life and relationships to be marked by kindness. i want people to know how much i think of them; how much i am blessed by knowing them; and how proud of them i am. i don't want to be too 'macho' for having good friendships marked by vulnerability, intimacy, trust and love. i want to take my own belovedness and reflect it on each person i meet, each friend i love, and every encounter i have. this book helped challenge me towards that, and i hope to keep it written on my heart for some time to come. a big thanks to mr. rogers for being such an amazing man. and a big thanks to tim madigan for writing it all down. i am blessed.