‘Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.’
‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.’
‘What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.’
Helen Keller didn’t start out life back in the 1880’s with the cards stacked in her favour. But with the help of patient people she learned to communicate better with the world and went on to write books, work for women’s right to vote and became on of the most inspiring people of the 20th Century according to Time Magazine. Keller obviously summoned and created a great deal of courage and character to be able to do all that she did. Here are a few of her brave, tough, reality expanding tips.
Use your experiences to build character.
‘Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.’
To get real results you have to try things out, perhaps fail and then learn from those failures and try again. And that may not always be pleasant. Even if you view failures and mistakes like learning experiences they can still sting, especially shortly after they happened. But you can also know that when it stings you have at least done something and that you can gather lessons from this. Instead of a feeling safe but also vaguely feeling that you’re not living up to your potential as you sit on your hands doing or trying nothing. As Keller says, you cannot develop character and success through quiet and ease. You must do things and go through things to become stronger and wiser.”
(via The Positivity Blog)