22 Oct 2020
I was reading quotes from a particular author last night, and I found myself having to share them with you.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
The last couple of quotes may have started to give you some insight into who my author was, and why I’m writing about it.
The author is Helen Keller.
You know – the lady who was both blind and deaf.
And went on to a university education, to become an educator and humanitarian, and a political activist.
This lady lost her vision and hearing to illness at around the age of 18 months. She developed her own way of communicating as a young child through basic signs and feeling vibrations. A teacher taught her how to finger spell and communicate in other ways.
In her autobiography she describes her childhood as being at sea in a dense fog.
But through her dense fog she has managed to communicate, to educate, and to inspire.
Imagine what she could have done if she could hear and see.
It seems to me that it’s often the people who have to work hardest to do achieve something others take for granted, who make the most of those achievements.
May you have a friend to walk in the dark with.
Last quote: What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me.