I hope you have heard about Matthew Stepanek (Mattie). If not, please read about him in www.oprah.com and read some of his amazing poems. He was truly and inspiration and this world is a better place because of him. Mattie passed away on June 22nd, 2004 from complications related to the disease that weakened most of his body's major functions (a rare neuromuscular disease called dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy). He wrote "Heartsongs", "Celebrate Through Heartsongs", "Journey Through Heartsongs", "Hope Through Heartsongs" and "Loving Through Heartsongs". I know you will enjoy his work. I'm also including other special poems that I like and that I hope you also enjoy as much as I do. Take time to read some poems and other inspirational messages once in a while - it helps us feel better about our lives...
On Being A Champion
A champion is a winner,
Someone who never gives up
Even when the going gets rough.
A champion is a member of
A winning team…
Someone who overcomes challenges
Even when it requires creative solutions
A champion is an optimist,
A hopeful spirit…
Someone who plays the game,
Even when the game is called life…
Especially when the game is called life.
There can be a champion in each of us,
If we live as a winner,
If we live as a member of the team,
If we live with a hopeful spirit,
~ © Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek
(From the book "Journey Through Heartsongs")
For Our World
We need to stop.
Stop for a moment…
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Silent for a moment…
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Notice for a moment…
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice…
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Be for a moment…
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.
And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.
September 12, 2001
~ © Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek
(Please check www.mattieonline.com)
Make The Present Beautiful
One day at a time -
This is enough.
Do not look back
And grieve over the past
For it is gone;
And do not be troubled
About the future,
For it has not yet come.
Live in the present,
And make it so beautiful
That it will be
~ Ida Scott Taylor (1820 - 1915)
(From a poster. Check www.cskishore.com/posters.htm)
I belong to the human race,
but more importantly,
I belong to a spiritual race;
where there are no color,
language or social barriers.
From this vantage point
I see myself as a link in the chain of life;
A chain that will be as weak or as strong as me...
To make sure that the chain is strong,
I make myself strong.
I know that I am strong when I am happy,
so I do what makes me happy.
I ask myself what happiness means to me,
and I realize that it is love, peace and harmony.
I think of how I can achieve them,
and the answer is clear:
I want love, so I give love
I want peace, so I give peace
I want harmony, so I wish for all
what I wish for myself;
I wish only well.
~ © Carmen Colombo
Keep Believing In Yourself
There may be days when
you get up in the morning
and things aren't the way
you had hoped they would be.
That's when you have to tell yourself
that things will get better.
There are times when people
disappoint you and let you down,
but those are the times
when you must remind yourself
to trust your own judgments and opinions,
and to keep your life focused
on believing in yourself
and all that you are capable of.
There will be challenges to face
and changes to make in your life,
and it is up to you to accept them.
Constantly keep yourself headed
in the right directions for you.
It may not be easy at times,
but in those times of struggle
you will find a stronger sense
of who you are,
and you will also see yourself
developing into the person
you have always wanted to be.
Life is a journey through time,
filled with many choices;
each of us will experience life
in our own special way.
So when the days come
that are filled with frustration
and unexpected responsibilities,
remember to believe in yourself
and all you want your life to be,
because the challenges and changes
will only help you to find
the dreams that you know
are meant to come true for you.
Listen To Your Heart
We all want to make things better in our lives,
but lots of times we just don't know
where or when to begin.
Sometimes we are troubled about
something deep inside,
and we are afraid of dealing
with our problems because
we've been hurt before,
and we remember what hurts can bring.
Making things better involves changing
but change isn't such a terrible thing.
Life isn't always easy.
No one ever promised that it would be.
But it can be wonderful at times,
and it is up to us to make those times happen.
Where? Beginning within,
When? With the dawn of each new day.
How? Listen to your heart...
and it really will show you the way.
~ Collin McCarty
Remember today that your are alive.
Sometimes we tend to forget.
You have a purpose that is all your own.
No one else is you.
You have dreams and hopes and desires.
Listen to your heart for a while.
Remember today all the blessings you have.
There's beauty in every direction you look.
Enjoy the abundance that is already yours.
The world is a wonderful place and you're here.
Remember today that you get what you give.
Your world is a mirror of your inner self.
Love will be yours when you give it away.
Remember today that life is creation.
As long as you live you can always
contribute your own special voice.
Remember today is a special time.
Make the best of it while you can.
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel they are
unique and special people.
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best,
to work only for the best,
and expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on
to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger,
too strong for fear and too happy
to permit the presence of trouble.
Listen To Your Heart
If you can live
the life that you believe in
you will have everything you need
to reach your dream.
Just look into your heart
and you'll find confidence in yourself
that will make each challenge
easier to face...
You'll discover the hope
that will keep you believing...
you'll find an inner strength
that will help you past obstacles...
and you'll see the happiness
that's waiting for you
if you keep trying...
The struggle for any dream
is always worth the effort,
For in the struggle lies its
strength and fulfillment...
If you listen to your heart
you will reach your dream
~ Larry S. Chengges
Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Do not set your goals by what other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.
Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life.
For without them, life is meaningless
Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past nor
for the future.
By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.
Do not give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
Do not dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope,
To be without hope is to be without purpose.
I am I
Do not change me
Nor put me down
Accept me for what I am
No…you need not agree with me
But Accept Me
For I am total in being
I have my faults
I have my guilts
But that is who I am
Perfect I will never be
Allow me to be uninhibited
Do not pressure me into feeling
What I do not feel
Accept Me when I am flying high
As I have accepted you when
You were flying high
Do not put me down...
Nor make me unhappy about me
I am I
And I like being what I am…
~ Larry S. Chengges
Make a Rainbow
If your world looks gloomy
and you're feeling grim and glum
make a rainbow for yourself,
don't wait for one to come.
Don't sit watching at the window
for the clouds to part.
There'll soon be a rainbow
if you start one in your heart.
Take some lovely thought
out of a poem or a prayer.
Turn it over in your mind
and let it linger there.
Keep out every memory
that dims the light within.
And hold on to the magic word
that lets the brightness in.
Work your own small miracle
and make the dull days glow.
Put some sunshine into life
and let the glory show.
Make a rainbow for yourself
with colors brave and gay.
And underneath its golden arch
your cares will fade away.
~ Patience Strong
For Those Who Believe All Is Possible
There are no miracles for those
who doubt their possibilities...
But for those who believe -
all is possible.
Whatever you may have believed;
whatever you may have done;
and whatever you may be in your life -
it's not too late to change course
and begin anew...
A fresh start, a bright future
and the wonderful peace that passes
are yours for the taking,
now and forever more!
~ Larry S. Chengges
We cannot, at any time
Consider ourselves victims in this life
No matter how hard this may be.
When we assume the role of victims
We remain stuck in a nightmare
In a whirlwind of negative experiences
That will only bring us more suffering and more challenges
We need to learn to
Concentrate in the positive in our lives
In the good that we have - that is so much!
Let's leave the past in the past
And let's make of our present something really good
Always dreaming of a better future
Full of happiness and with everything we desire
And having faith that our wishes
will come true, because we deserve
the good gifts of life
Let's go on…
With positive thoughts and attitudes
To change our world
To create a beautiful reality
Create our life
Let's not forget that…
Life is like a game
Let's win it!
~ Karol B. Feld
(Translated from my Spanish Poem: "Lecciones Aprendidas" - 12/10/05)
You Never Know...
You never know when someone
might catch a dream from you.
Or something you say may open up the windows
of a mind that seeks light;
The way you live may not matter at all,
but you never know, it might.
And just in case it could be
that another's life, through you,
might possibly change for the better
with a better and brighter view,
it seems it might be worth a try
at pointing the way to the right;
Of course, it may not matter at all,
but then again, it might…
you never know.