You have probably heard of Hellen Keller but might not know the story behind her tragic circumstances and how she has become a legacy.
Helen became deaf and blind as a result of an unknown illness, perhaps rubella or scarlet fever, when she was 19 months old.
Life looked hopeless, dark, and lonely. Until she met her first teacher Anne Sullivan, who taught her how to read and write. What’s amazing about this story is Anne was also almost blind from a bacterial eye disease when she was 5 years old. When she was 8, her mother died, and her father abandoned her and her brother. Then, a few months later, her brother died.
Many years later, Anne met Hellen and taught her how to communicate with hearing people by signals pressed into her palm, reading lips by touch, reading and writing Braille, and eventually speaking audibly.
I tried this by touching my own throat and can’t imagine how hard this must have been to master this skill.
She accomplished a lot in a life that was both challenging and extradentary.
Helen worked for the American Foundation for the Blind and traveled to 35 countries around the globe advocating for those with vision loss. Hellen also wrote 14 books, campaigned for people with disabilities, and was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union, to name a few of her accolades. I find this so fascinating and inspiring at the same time.
She learned that her disabilities were not the end of the road and used them to help others like her.
Sometimes when we find things to be difficult, our first intuition is to give up and throw in the towel. Life isn’t always easy.
YES! there will be challenges and tough times in our journey through life, business, and relationships, but know that God can turn a mess and turn it into a miracle.
Helen Keller is a constant reminder that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.
I want you to know that whatever you are going through today, I believe in you. You were born for greatness, and you CAN accomplish your dreams no matter how big or small they are.
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Please don’t give up on yourself. Just like Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller, you have gifts that others need.
You’re a ROCK STAR
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