Saturday, May 21, 2011

Angels Among Us

Facing the Future

Every journey begins
With but a small step.
And every day is a chance
For a new, small step
In the right direction.
Just follow your Heartsong.

by Mattie Stepanek

This little boy touched so many people in his short life.(1990-2004)I saw him first on Oprah several years ago and was touched deeply by his story and wisdom. He wrote a poem and series of books called Heartsongs that he started when he was only 3 years old. I'll share the poem at the end of this post. What an amazing spirit this young man shared.His mom has written a book about him called Messenger, I have not read it yet but it is on my list.

In the latest issue of O Magazine Oprah shares an email that he sent to her (it's on the very last page of the magazine) He wrote that she should not end the show at 20 years but wait until the 25th year..and she listened to him. He wrote "I'll let you think on it. And of course it's only my opinion, but I sometimes get feelings about things, and I have one about this. I think it's good for the world and good for you." How right he was..

Here is the poem.I hope you all hear your heartsongs.


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 whole wide world
Happy like thinking about Going to Heaven when I die.
My Heartsong sounds like this:

I love you! I love you!
How happy you can be!
How happy you can make
The whole world be!

And sometimes it's other
Tunes and words, too,
But it always sings the
Same special feeling to me.
It makes me think of
Jamie, and Katie and Stevie,
And other wonderful things.
This is my special song.
But do you know what?
All people have a special song
Inside their hearts!
Everyone in the show wide 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.

March 1996
© Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek


Classy Career Girl said...

Oh I remember this little boy! He was amazing! Thanks for the great reminder!

Anonymous said...

He was such an inspirational little man! Thanks for reminding me about him.

Visiting from LBS!