What Do You Do by Mr. Rogers

I came across this song written by Mr. Rogers today and just had to share it. It’s as relevant today as when he featured it on his program. I’m certain adults would do well to ponder his words as well.

Oh, and did I mention he read this before the United States Senate?

What Do You Do?
Fred Rogers

What do you do with the mad that you feel
When you feel so mad you could bite?
When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong
And nothing you do seems very right?
What do you do?
Do you punch a bag?
Do you pound some clay or some dough?
Do you round up friends for a game of tag?
Or see how fast you go?

It’s great to be able to stop
When you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,
And be able to do something else instead
And think this song!

I can stop when I want to
Can stop when I wish.
I can stop, stop, stop any time.
And what a good feeling to feel like this
And know that the feeling is really mine.
Know that there’s something deep inside
That helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a woman.
And a boy can be someday a man.

Oh, it’s great to be able to stop!
When you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,
And be able to do something else instead
And think this song!

I can stop when I want to
Can stop when I wish.
I can stop, stop, stop any time.
And what a good feeling to feel like this
And know that the feeling is really mine.
Know that there’s something deep inside
That helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a woman
And a boy can be someday a man

I know that there’s something deep inside
That helps us become what we can…

That’s what you do!

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2 thoughts on “What Do You Do by Mr. Rogers

  1. Oh so true!

    I’ve seen several posts today about the meanness that is on the internet. It certainly feels out there in real life too.

    Reminds me of that story long ago: “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” What a shame, sometimes, kids grow up and lose the lessons they learn so young.

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