There’s an old adage that says,
“None are so blind as those who will not see.“
Perhaps the worst blindness of all is to be intentionally blind to our own faults. This leaves little room at all for improvement.
What stands in stark contrast to those of us with abilities and who do not use them, are people with disabilities who let nothing prevent them from achieving success and fulfilment. While there are and have been many such souls, one that comes to mind is Helen Keller.
Although she was physically deaf and blind, she in no way let that prevent her from living a richly rewarding and truly meaningful life. Nor did she use her disabilities as an excuse. She overcame adversity to reveal herself as a true visionary.
A sense of purpose and vision is what is lacking in people that say they want success, but fail to make plans or take actions. Many people have no idea of the wonderful abilities, talents, and gifts they possess because they lay completely dormant.
Helen Keller – A Brief Look At Her Life
Although Helen Keller died almost 50 years ago, her personal leadership and rich legacy of words live on to inspire us.
Who of us are not richer, wiser or more ennobled when we read words that motivate and encourage us?
When she was born in the summer of 1880, Helen Keller had the ability to see and hear, but at 19 months of age, she contracted either meningitis or scarlet fever which robbed her of these abilities. At the time, they were uncertain as to the exact cause.
Despite that, she was able to accomplish quite a lot in her 87 years. She was an…
- accomplished author, publishing her autobiograpy, The Story Of My Life. Download a free copy from Archive.org here.
- activist for the disabled.
- honor student, graduating magna cum laude from Radcliffe College.
Helen Keller was listed by Gallup Inc. as one of the most widely admired people in the 20th century.
She traveled to 39 countries, helped found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1920 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.
Helen Keller’s Rich Legacy Of Wise Words
To say that she had a facility with words would be to understate her talents. May her words richly encourage your heart and infuse your spirit with inspiration. 🙂
- All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.
- Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
- As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
- Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
- Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
- I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
- I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
- It seems to me that there is in each of us a capacity to comprehend the impressions and emotions which have been experienced by mankind from the beginning. This inherited capacity is a sort of sixth-sense which sees, hears, feels, all in one.
- It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
- Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
- Knowledge is love and light and vision. <Tweet this!>
- Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
- Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
- Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.
- Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy cause.
- Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
- No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
- One cannot consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
- Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
- So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.
- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
- The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
- The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Until the great mass of people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.
- Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
- We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
- What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
- When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or the life of another.
- While they were saying to themselves it cannot be done, it was done.
- Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
In conclusion, I think we are all capable of much more than we often give ourselves credit for.
Isn’t it inspiring to know that the only real limitations we have are the ones we place on ourselves?
I’d Like To See What YOU Have To Say
I am grateful for Helen Keller’s contribution. Aren’t you?
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