#5 Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow

What do you know about Helen Keller?  Well, what I know is that she was an American author, political activist, and lecturer.  She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Helen Keller passed away on June 1, 1968.  Helen Keller was a very important person to people with disabilities, Keller showed that Deaf and blind people deserved respect.  She helped support various Deaf-Blind programs.  Helen inspired people with disabilities because she was persistent.

What was Helen Keller’s sources of strength and joy?  I think that it is easy to put on a “fake smile” and pretend life is okay.  Sometimes we have to look at the bigger picture and think to ourselves “life is not always full of happiness”, but we can’t always be sad.  Sometimes you have look at the bright side of life.  It may not be so bright but, you can look around and be grateful for what you have.  For Helen Keller that was easy, she retained her happiness by always placing stock in remaining an optimist.  More importantly, Helen believed pessimism to be dangerous, never allowing herself to lose hope.

How was Helen Keller able to stay so positive while being deaf and blind?  Helen Keller, long before our era of “positive thinking” and decades before any scientific evidence would appear on the health benefits of optimism, the remarkable Helen with love and grace was writing about optimism as a life philosophy.  Helen source of staying positive was to write, her writing inspired people to stay positive.  After years of voice coaching, and tremendous concentration, Helen was able to speak. During one early lecture, however, Helen began to lose her composure and lost control over the tone of her voice. realising this, Helen ran crying off stage. Yet, Helen did not let this event, unthinkable to many, stop her. Just moments later, she walked back on stage and continued her lecture. For the rest of her life, Helen gave thousands of lectures all over the world.

Throughout her life, Helen believed it was her lot in life her “sacred duty” to share her optimism with others. In her book on optimism, Helen wrote, “If I am happy in spite of my deprivations, if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life, if in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.”  Helen knew what she was made to do and she did it, she did not listen to what other people told her to do, she stuck to her mind.

In conclusion, Helen Keller is a very inspirational person and she has greatly effected other peoples lives.  She will always be remembered, and I loved learning more about her and what she really did to make people happy.



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