Monday, February 10, 2014

Helen Keller Was Not Blind

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
Helen Keller

Helen Keller could not see.  Helen Keller could not hear. She was termed “deaf-blind”. 

She learned touch-lip reading, Braille, speech, typing and finger-spelling. She became the first deaf and blind person to graduate from college. She helped start the American Civil Liberties Union. She published 12 books and wrote a slew of articles. She travelled the world giving speeches about her life and social beliefs, bringing inspiration and encouragement to millions of people.

Helen Keller grew up to be a great American author, activist, and lecturer. 

Helen Keller was not blind…we are the blind ones. 

We are the ones that let our current financial, social, marital, and familial circumstances freeze us in hopeless ruts and keep us from living our greatest lives. We are the ones who say silly things:

 “I can’t take that risk because I don’t have enough money.”

“I have to marry him because I'm almost 30 and I don't want everyone laughing at me.” 

“I can’t do what I love, or feel called to do, because it does not fit with ‘the success plan’ and I won’t make money fast enough.” 

“I cannot help people in need because I am in need myself.” 

“I cannot use my life for a cause greater than myself because I am flawed and imperfect.” 

"You know I can only do so much; there aren't too many opportunities for _______ (race, color, social status, economic status, etc) people."

Why do we let a $50 bank account TODAY convince us we’ll be poor TOMORROW? Why do we let an unfavorable childhood or a bad relationship convince us we’ll be unloved and unhappy forever? Why do we allow our social class or our skin tone to determine our worth?  Why do we allow our human imperfections to stop us from striving to serve people greatly in the world? Why do we allow discomfort and temporary pain to halt us in our tracks? Why do we allow our sight to limit our vision? Why, when what we’re supposed to do is hang on to the wheels of our visions and have the ride of our lives?

 It’s because we doubt too much. 

We look at our environments or our circumstances and claim to be “limited.” Our only limitations are the ones that lie in our minds. 

We can do anything we want to do. 

We can have anything we want to have. 

The key is to TRULY WANT IT and BELIEVE. If you truly want your great life you will believe (a.k.a. have faith) in it NOW; in your mind and in your soul.  You will start being grateful and generous in it NOW. You will have the vision of it first, way before the sight. Then, and only then, will you be able to take the steps towards it and see it gradually manifest around you in your physical environment.  

Helen Keller may not have had sight but she sure as heck had vision

Helen Keller was not blind…we are the blind ones. 

If you want happiness, fulfillment, a God-centered and peaceful life, to positively impact your world, abundant wealth, or anything else, you have to build up enough "crazy" and forget about your sight. 

It’s a distraction. 

Let’s be like Helen Keller and get some vision instead. It will literally do us all a world of good/:

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  1. Thank you Taynement/: I constantly have to remind myself of this.

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  3. Hi Ada,

    I am sonika and I really liked your this post, cause it's very Fact-full, True and Deep thoughts.
    I would love to hear from your side..:)

    1. Thank you, Sonika! I learn and I share...and then I re-learn again. Expect to see more of my thoughts on the blog:)