Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

Helen Adams Keller discovered the power of touch as a child, and she demonstrates you can overcome life’s struggles and make a difference in the lives of others.

Helen Keller age 8 with tutor Anne Sullivan in July 1888
Helen Keller age 8 with tutor Anne Sullivan in July 1888

Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was one of the most remarkable and influential people in American history.

Helen contracted an illness at 19 months old, described by doctors as “acute congestion of the stomach and the brain,” which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness left Helen both deaf and blind.

She could see and hear before the illness, and after the sickness, and could communicate somewhat with Martha Washington, the six-year-old daughter of the family cook. And by the age of seven, she had more than 60 signs to talk with her family.

Overcoming the Ability To Communicate

Anne Sullivan began teaching Helen Keller to communicate by spelling words into the palm of her hand. Helen used the sense of touch to learn her first-word “water” as Sullivan made motions on one of her hands and ran water over her other hand.

The sense of touch became her eyes and ears, and the only connection she had to the outside world. She learned to communicate and experience the world around her using the sense of touch.

Overcoming Personal Setbacks and Disabilities

Helen A Keller used the sense of touch to overcome personal setbacks and disabilities. And her ability to advance beyond the boundaries of her physical disability was just amazing.

She became highly educated, and her accomplishments in life were remarkable. Given the fact; Helen lived in absolute darkness alone with no sight or sounds coming from the outside world. And the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Helen went on to become a world-famous speaker and author who wrote and published 12 books and several articles. An advocate for people with disabilities, a birth control supporter, and help found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the United States’ two highest civilian honors. (Source: Wikipedia Helen Keller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller)

Discovering the sense of touch as a child, and her life demonstrates what you can accomplish when you exercise this sense properly.

Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

We all have the sense of touch and can make a difference in the lives of others. You touch people every day with spoken words and actions taken. Use the sense of touch to make a difference in the lives of others, be a blessing not a curse to them.

To make a difference in the lives of others; be more mindful of them. Pay attention to the manner in which you speak to and treat other people.

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Luke 6:31 KJV

Do all things with love in your heart, making a difference in the lives of others. Make your impressions count and be a blessing to others. The manner in which you touch others can make all the difference in their life.

My Favorite Quotes by Helen Keller

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.”

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

“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.”

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”