"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. "
~John Lennon


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Remembering Helen Keller

In my small list of people I admire, Helen Keller is in the top five.

She adapted to the straws she drew in life and brought forth strength and dignity most of us never acknowledge within our weak selves.

Born June 27, 1880, Helen was only two years old when she became ill and lost her sight and speech and hearing. She was speechless, sightless, and deaf. At age six, Anne Sullivan became her teacher and remained with her for 47 years.  All the encouragement and instruction in the world would not have worked to improve Helen's life if she had not had the courage and determination as a little girl to survive and flourish. After graduating college, Helen chose to travel the world, encouraging blind and deaf-blind people to challenge themselves to live productive lives.

What an inspiration.

"A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn".
--Helen Keller

Helen Keller died in her sleep on June 1 1968. Rest peacefully, Ms. Keller.

10 comments:

Ms. A said...

Helen was an amazing woman and so was Anne Sullivan.

Rock Chef said...

I must confess that I knew the name but nothing more.

That is a wonderful quote - so true!

DJan said...

She was one of the most amazing people ever born, in my opinion. We share that belief, among others, CiCi.

bill lisleman said...

I like that quote which I had not heard before. Both true and funny. Since she never drove it does seem a little odd she would think of failing a turn.

Stephen Hayes said...

I share your admiration for Helen Keller. A remarkable human being.

Hilary said...

One of the first movies I've ever seen was The Miracle Worker. I've been fascinated by Helen Keller and all that she's accomplished ever since. She was an amazing person.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I remember the first time I read her book. What an eye-opener it was for me at such a young age. She was and continues to be an inspiration.
xo jj

Abby said...

What an inspiration indeed. So many great quotes came from Helen Keller. I love the one you chose for this post.

Cheryl said...

What a wonderful tribute! I loved the quote.

Brian Miller said...

she was def an amazing woman and an inspiration...great trib to her...