Unity is strength Sad things happen. They do. But we don't need to live sad forever. While we are living in the present, we must celebrate life every day, knowing that we are becoming history with every work, every action, every deed. We all have life storms, and when we get the rough times and we recover from them, we should celebrate that we got through it.
No matter how bad it may seem, there's always something beautiful that you can find. I choose to live until death, not spend the time dying until death occurs. If you have enough breath to complain about anything, you have more than enough reason to give thanks about something. Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.
Remember to play after every storm. People are fighting over how our heartsongs are different. But they don't need to be the same.
That's the beauty. We are a mosaic of gifts.
Each of us has our inner beauty no matter how we look. We always have to choose to live our lives to the fullest. No one is better or worse than anyone else. We are different and beautiful. Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now. 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 this whole World be. Remember to look at your glass half full and not half empty.
Mattie was inspired by and had a devotion to many saints — including St. Download this document that summarizes the 10 step process for guiding a congregation through the Just Peace discernment process. Book , Writing , World. Return to Book Page. This is a touching an great read.
A lot of my strength comes from God. God has given me a gift - the gift of life - and it's amazing that I live each day. I do fear death. But what I actually fear is not dying. I mean, true, it will be sad. But I know that there is a better place waiting for me. A heartsong doesn't have to be a song in your heart. It doesn't have to be talking about love and peace.
It can just be your message. It can be your feeling. Some people might even call it a conscience, even though that's not really what it is.
ycimihekin.tk: Just Peace: A Message of Hope (): Mattie J.T. Stepanek, Jennifer Smith Stepanek, Jimmy Carter: Books. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Mattie J.T. Stepanek was a poet, a peace activist, and the best-selling author of the Heartsongs poetry series. He was a.
It's your message, what you feel like you need to do. Sometimes my body wakes me up and says 'Hey, you haven't had pain in a while.
How about pain? But I still celebrate life and don't give up. Maybe I wanted to have kids because you want to leave behind lessons, leave behind everything that matters to you. That's how you touch the world. But I have to reconsider what it's like to leave a legacy.
Poetry is a beautiful way of expressing feelings - happy, sad, angry, caring. It's also a way that we share with other people, to help them with those feelings. Do not breathe simply to exist. I want to be remembered as a poet, a peacemaker, and a philosopher who played. Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come.
Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future. I think that someone is watching out for me, God, my guardian angel, I'm not sure who that is, but they really work hard. I feel that God has given me a very special opportunity that I should not let go to waste. I use the gift he has given me. If it came to a magic genie, I would ask him for two extra wishes. One would be that no one would have to live with the muscular dystrophy disease or any disease. And the second one would be world peace, that we just stop fighting, talk about things, and we could live in harmony once again, like God intended us to do.
With the purity of heart that only a child can possess, and the indomitable spirit of one who has survived more physical suffering than most adults will ever know, Mattie convinced me that his quest was not inconceivable. Inspired by his enthusiasm and without reservation, I committed to a partnership with him. These words of wisdom and inspiration came from the most remarkable person I have ever known.
Sometimes the most important messages come from the most unlikely places. Mattie J. Stepanek, a year-old boy, made a difference before he died with his Heartsongs poetry. He continues to impact the world through Just Peace. This poet, best-selling author, peace activist, and prominent voice for the Muscular Dystrophy Association fervently believed in and promoted world peace not just as a concept, but as a reality. Mattie was working on this manuscript with Jimmy Carter when he died in June His mother, Jeni, who edited the material and wrote a preface for the book has published it at her son's request.
Just Peace explores Mattie's concept of the world and all people as a unique mosaic of gifts. War and injustice shatter the mosaic, which can only be made whole again by planning and actively pursuing peace.
The young visionary's essays, poetry, and photographs appear throughout the book. Jimmy Carter has written a special foreword for the book. Just as important to the book and enlightening to the reader are Mattie's many correspondences. Central to these are his personal e-mails to and from former president Jimmy Carter, Mattie's peace "hero" and role model. The Nobel Peace Prize winner met Mattie, considered him an angel, messenger, and hero in his own right, and was genuinely affected by Mattie's passion and drive. Just Peace is an intimate portrait of a president, a young man of hope, and peace itself.
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