Jun 14, 2011

Remember to play after every storm

When long time ago I saw this episode, remembered when tears in my eyes still recognized about it. He's Mattie Stepanek as an INDIGO boy (in my own opinion) that show me, and powdered me with blessed of health, love, life, and hope.

And I'm not surprised no more, when OPRAH listed him onto her All-Time Favorite Guest, because he's really deserved to get it. Well here's the official statement from Oprah Winfrey about Mattie, that you should know at all...

Poet and peacemaker Mattie Stepanek was just 11 years old when he came into Oprah's life. They became instant friends, and even though he was just a small boy, his outlook on life was profound. "I want people to know my life philosophy: "To remember to play after every storm" Mattie once told Oprah.

Mattie was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, and he moved around with the help of a wheelchair and oxygen tanks. His mother, Jeni, also suffers from the debilitating disease and unknowingly passed it on to all four of her children—Mattie was her only child who lived past the age of 4.

Mattie wasn't bound by his physical limitations, and his brilliant mind allowed his spirit to soar. He used his incredible gift of insight to write poetry he called "Heartsongs" (text bellow) extending hope to people of all ages. "I really think I'm here for a purpose, because in my life I've had so many close calls to dying and I've come through them all," Mattie said. "I figured I have a purpose and I have to carry out that purpose."

On June 22, 2004, Mattie died in the arms of his mother at the age of 13. A few days later in his Maryland hometown, Oprah joined hundreds of Mattie's admirers to celebrate his life. When Mattie's hero, former President Jimmy Carter, spoke to the crowd, he said, "We have known kings and queens. We've known presidents and prime ministers. But the most extraordinary person whom I have ever known in my life was Mattie Stepanek."

__ HeartSong __

I have a song, deep in my heart,
and only I can hear it.
If I close my eyes and sit very still
it is so easy to listen to my song
When my eyes are open
and I am so busy and moving and busy,
if I take time and listen very hard,
I can still hear my heartsong.
It makes me feel happy.
Happier than ever.
Happier than everywhere,
and everything and everyone in the world.
Happy like thinking about
Going to Heaven when I die.
My heartsong goes like this-
I love you! I love you!
How happy can you be!
How happy can you make this whole world be!
And sometimes it's other
Tunes and words, too.
But it always sings the same special song.
But do you know what?
All people have a special song
Inside their hearts!
Everyone in the whole world has a special heartsong.
If you believe in magical, musical hearts.
And if you believe you can be happy
Then you, too, will hear your song.

Mattie J. Stepanek

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