Once again, as Oprah winds down (today being her last show), I have been finding myself watching the show more and more. Last week she referred to a guest she had years ago, Mattie Stepanek.
This little boy, who suffered from a rare form of muscular dystrophy, was a New York Times Bestselling author, writer of 6 poetry books, who lobbied on Capital Hill for peace. This is one amazing kid. He passed away in June of 2004, just before his 14th birthdady, with over 1300 people attending his funeral. His eulogy was delivered by Jimmy Carter.
Here are some quotes Oprah shared of past interviews with him:
Remember to play after every storm.
A heartsong doesn't have to be a song. It's a message. What you feel you need to do.
We are a mosaic of gifts. And each of us has our inner beauty, no matter how we look.
I'm always careful to see my glass half full. Because if I see my glass half empty, with no hope at all, it may as well be empty all the way.
A champion does not mean you have to come home with a big golden trophy.
A champion is your strength, inside of you.
Choose to inhale. Do not breathe simply to exist. That's not always easy but it's always worth it.
So remember to play, remember your beauty, see your glass as half full, be a champion of strength, and choose to inhale.
Remember to live the best you can. Love the most you can. Tell the people that you love, you love them. Take a break and soak up the sun.
Moments are precious, many things can wait... The Sunset Won't.