Can you imagine life without sight and hearing? The story of Helen Keller is truly inspirational. Helen lost her hearing and sight at 19 months of age after a childhood illness.
When she was 6 years old, she learned to communicate by spelling words into her hand.She had a thirst for achieving, and went on to become a world-famous speaker and author in adulthood. She was also an activist for racial and sexual equality. In 1964 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was noted as saying “I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad”.
When things don’t seem to go the way you want them to, or there are areas of your life which feels like you will never recover, think of the following quote from Helen: “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”.
Here is a woman with no eyesight or hearing who became one of the most influential and well-known people of our times. How easy would it have been for her to do nothing? Most of the people afflicted with these disabilities in these years were institutionalized, but she “did not refuse to do the something she could do”.
What in your life, at the moment seems insurmountable? We have all had those times, and quite possibly you may be going through something at the moment. What can you do about it?
Think of Helen Keller when you ask this question. Did she focus on what she couldn’t do? She couldn’t see. She couldn’t hear. Education for people with disabilities was not high on agenda in this era. However, she did what she could do. She didn’t focus on her disabilities, nor did she feel sad about what she couldn’t do. She acted and did “something”. What is that “something” you can do right now?