“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
When I happened upon Helen Keller’ inspiring words, I knew I wanted to share them with you as we all find our way through these challenging days. More of her wisdom:
“If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and for the music that does not ring in my ears. I should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical privation.”
What bold, inspiring ideas! Deaf and blind because of a childhood illness, Helen went on to become a writer and activist — and an enduring source of inspiration.
What saved her from pessimism and despair: words!
She discovered them through the hands of her gifted teacher, Anne Sullivan. Then she began a journey from darkness to light, despair to hope. Consider the choices she made:
Happiness over hopelessness: With words to guide her and enrich her days, Helen chose to be happy and engaged in life rather than to bemoan her fate and languish.
Curiosity over captivity: Words opened the world to Helen and unleashed her incredible curiosity. She felt free. She hungered to know more about everything that surrounded her. She attended Radcliffe and became the first deaf-blind person to earn a college degree.
Satisfaction over silence: Instead of letting her world limit her, Helen gave us all a window into its richness and her boundless creativity by sharing her insights through books that are still inspire and encourage: The Story of My life, and Darkness into Light.
Connection over isolation: Helen shared her gifts in a life filled with writing and activism. She reached out of the darkness and forged loving relationships. She went out into the world and taught it lessons it needed to know.
As we make our way in our own world today, let’s remember, that like Helen, we all have choices. And, just as she did, let’s harness the power of words as we all write on!