Let’s listen to children like Mattie J. T. Stepanek. Five books written and illustrated by Mattie are available at Amazon.com, some for as little as $0.01 plus S/H. Responding to my latest post, What Feeds You and Me?, my friend, Jan Weber commented: “I have all of Mattie’s books and I am going to reread them again. Thanks for reminding us of that remarkable lil boy!”
Yes, Mattie was a remarkable young man, wise beyond his years. Rereading much of Mattie’s lifework reminds me that I want to listen more to the children in my path. This life we live can preoccupy us and we have to keep in mind that children rely solely on us for their livelihood. Children truly are like wet cement.
When our two were small, I had to constantly remind myself to not rush them…their little legs could only move so fast!
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10a
One tool that has always helped me, and still does to this day is deep breathing. Click here for details.
If I was running late, it was not their fault, but mine. It always takes extra minutes to get shoes and socks on their small feet and arms through their tiny clothes. Having little ones can teach a Mom and Dad so much if they are listening.
As Mattie says,
“If I close my eyes and sit very still,
it’s so easy to listen to my heart song.”
Thanks for sharing this. I have read his books. I Google the interview that Oprah did with Mattie and his mother whenever I need to slow down and put life into perspective. Heartsongs sits on an end table at home for the purpose of starting a conversation which leads to inspiration.
Both take enormous patience and extra time to get their points across to the listener. Are you “listening” to the children in your life? As Mattie illustrates here, they have much to say to us and to the world as they grow.
might we hear?
As we stay too busy with
our smart phones,
whose heartsong might we miss?
I hope at some point, you will take 10 minutes to click here to watch a video about this extraordinary young man.
It is a “must-see”, if you are at all interested in having a clearer understanding of what a heartsong really is. P.S. be sure to have some tissues nearby.
Click here to listen to one of my favorite Casting Crown songs:
LET MY LIFESONG SING TO YOU.