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Feb 10

Helen Keller

Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 in Education, Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I always look for heroes to admire.

Helen Keller, and those who cared for Helen, especially Anne Sullivan are people worthy of admiration.

Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; it was not until she was 19 months old that she contracted an illness which left her deaf and blind.

I read this quote from Helen Keller and felt inspired.

I want to say to those who are trying to learn to speak and those who are teaching them: Be of good cheer.

Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.

You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles — a delight in climbing rugged paths, which you would perhaps never know if you did not sometime slip backward — if the road was always smooth and pleasant.

Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.

Sometime, somewhere, somehow we shall find that which we seek. We shall speak, yes, and sing, too, as God intended we should speak and sing.

We, and those we support may not have the same challenges Helen faced, but the feelings we and they may face are likely similar to Helen’s.  Her perspective is a good guide for all of us:
– Be cheerful despite the circumstances
– Be hopeful despite the circumstances
– Be mindful of the value of effort and determination despite the results
– Be aware that God designed us to express joy

Helen was one of the most admired people of the last century.  I thought today would be a good day to bring her back into view.

 

Photo and quote from The Story Of My Life by Helen Keller

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