Inspiration – Helen Keller

When I read the story of Helen Keller, I wondered how it would be to go around the world without sight or hearing. This is what Helen Keller was mostly famous for. She was born healthy and at 19 months old, she got sick and lost both. Since she had not learned to speak yet, most people also say she was mute. For a minute I felt sad that she could not enjoy the sights and sounds of the world. And then it hit me, she had other ways of enjoying them. She lived to the age of 88 and worked tirelessly, wrote extensively and traveled the world.

Most people know that Ms. Sullivan, her teacher, was instrumental in her progress. Her mother, however, was the true visionary. She had heard about another deaf and blind girl who had gotten an education and decided to send Helen and her father on a search for answers. Had it not being for her mother’s wisdom, Helen’s journey would have been very different.

Helen Keller’s story taught me two important things that I want to share with all of you:
1) Some times in life, we cannot do things alone. We have to surround ourselves with people who have the same vision we do. Helen had her parents, Ms. Sullivan and her husband, Mr. Macy and later on had other people help her accomplish her mission in life.
2) The terms “able body” and “disabled” are both relative terms that should be ignored. I don’t know about you, I know many so called “able bodied” people who never learned to love, do not trust a soul, and live a hard life of their choosing. I also see many so called “disabled” people who are considered incredible when they accomplish something. Why are we making distinctions? Why should it even matter?

In life, there are many sources of disability. None is more confining that the disabilities we create ourselves. Whether is the pounds we put on, the fear of doing something, the lack of love and understanding, the insistence of judging everybody else; we all have disabilities in the mind, in the heart or in the body. Helen Keller had two challenges, she lost her sight and she was unable to hear. Yet she lived a fulfilled life, wrote books, traveled the world and taught us all that you can do with your life whatever you choose to do with it. She also taught us that the beginning

Image of Helen Keller courtesy of Wikipedia

Hellen Keller

does not define the end. By the age of 7 she was unruly and misbehaving, could not speak, spell or do much. And then life changed for her. She did it at seven, you could do it today. Nothing is impossible. Go for it.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. vikki
    Mar 02, 2010 @ 11:08:14


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