Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Mattie Stepanek

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For some reason lately I am particularly drawn to the life and writings of poet, peace advocate, and motivational speaker Mattie Stepanek.  Mattie lived only 13 short years but was described by U.S. President Jimmy Carter as “the most extraordinary person whom I have ever known”.

Photo credit: Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundtion
Photo credit: Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation

Born in 1990, Mattie suffered from  dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, a rare form of muscular dystrophy.  In his short life he published six best-selling books of poetry and a best-selling collection of peace essays, and he was named by Oprah Winfrey as one of the memorable guests in the 25-year history of her television show.

After Mattie’s death in 2004, the Mattie J. T. Stepanek Peace Park was dedicated in Rockville, Maryland, and the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation was established as a non-profit organization to continue Mattie’s work for peace.  According to the foundation’s website, “The mission of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation is to continue spreading Mattie’s message of hope and peace by providing access to the message, promoting understanding of the message, and motivating people to action in sharing the message. Mattie’s Foundation offers educational and recreational programs, activities, and resources that support an understanding of peace for individuals and for our world, and that encourage peacemaking as a deliberate choice.”

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. arlene says:

    I found his book Loving Through Heartsongs a few years ago and blogged about it here. Imagine my surprise when his mom Jeni found it and made a comment on my post.

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    1. I think his mom must follow social media and any articles on the internet that refer to Mattie. She tweeted my post on her Twitter account. Amazing isn’t it?

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      1. arlene says:

        Yes, it is, she’s grateful 🙂

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  2. What a fabulous quote and to come from such a young mind! I am blown away by the simplicity and depth of his words. Welcome back and I really love this quote. It spoke to me in so many ways! ❤

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    1. Thank you! Mattie’s mom retweeted my post on her Twitter account. What a surprise!

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      1. Oh, that is totally cool! 💗

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    I haven’t thought of Mattie in a long time. He was special. 😀

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    1. He was, wasn’t he? He’s been on my mind a lot lately.

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  4. That challenge to find the silver lining – because it is there – is always present. Even if it is to have survived to see the morning dawn – there is always something to celebrate. Great quote.

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