Thank You Mattie

06/22/2004

The little boy who was called a poet and peacemaker died today at age 13 from dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, a genetic disease. Mattie Stepanek captured the hearts of many, from presidents, to children to celebraties, with his humor, bravery, compassion and zest for life. In a world that often moves too quickly Mattie's innocent but wise poems brought hope and joy. The Baltimore Sun's article.

Matties's too brief story. At the age of 3 Mattie began writing poetry to help him cope with the death of his brother. A Virginia publisher took a chance on Mattie and in 2001, issued Heartsongs which quickly made it to the top of The New York Times best-seller list. Mattie wrote four other books: Journey Through Heartsongs, Hope Through Heartsongs, Celebrate Through Heartsongs and Loving Through Heartsongs continuing his stance as a best selling author.

When your days feel too long, your road seems too rocky and your clients are definately too demanding... here's one of Mattie's poems that seems to be written especially for us marketers.

On Being A Champion
A champion is a winner,
A hero…
Someone who never give 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,
For life

September 1999
© Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek

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