“I wondered how it was possible to walk for an hour through the woods and see nothing of note. I, who cannot see, find hundreds of things: the delicate symmetry of a leaf, the smooth skin of a silver birch, the rough shaggy bark of a pine. I, who am blind, can give one hint to those who see: Use your eyes as if tomorrow you will have been stricken blind. Hear the music of voices, the songs of birds, the mighty strains of an orchestra as if you would be stricken deaf tomorrow. Touch each object as if tomorrow your tactile sense would fail. Smell the perfume of flowers, taste and relish each morsel, as if tomorrow you could never taste or smell again. Make the most of every sense. Glory in all the facets and pleasures and beauty which the world reveals to you.” -Helen Keller
Kristin Barton Cuthriell, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW
Helen Keller did not need an excuse to stay down, but she chose to get up anyway.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.” -Helen Keller
No Hearing No Sight All Vision!
Kristin’s note: To fully appreciate today’s inspiration, pause for a moment and imagine what it would be like to live your entire life deaf and blind; then read Helen’s quote again.
Now get up and have a great day!