8 Life Lessons From Helen Keller


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    1. 1. 8<br />Life Lessons<br />Helen Keller<br />
    2. 2. Helen Keller didn’t start out life back in the 1880’s with the cards stacked in her favor. 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 20:th Century according to Time Magazine.<br />“Smell is a potent wizard <br />that transports you across<br />thousands of miles and all<br />the years you have lived.”<br />
    3. 3. Helen Keller obviously summoned and created a great deal of courage and character to be able to do all that she did. Here are her 8 timeless life lessons that we must know :<br />“What I am looking<br />for is not out there,<br />it is in me.”<br />
    4. 4. Life lesson # 1 : Use your experiences to build character<br />To get real results you have to try things out, perhaps fail and then learn from those failures and try again. 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. You cannot develop character and success through quiet and ease. You must do things and go through things to become stronger and wiser.<br />
    5. 5. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through<br />experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened,<br />vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”<br />
    6. 6. Life lesson # 2 : Don’t cling to your illusion of safety <br />You cannot sit on your hands and take it easy and hope to get things done. But there is no safety out there really. It is all uncertain and unknown. As you stop clinging to your safety life also becomes a whole lot more exciting and interesting. You are no longer building walls to keep yourself safe as those walls wouldn’t protect you anyway. You can instead start your own daring adventure. <br />
    7. 7. “Security is mostly a superstition. <br />It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”<br />
    8. 8. Life lesson # 3 : Face reality head on <br />It’s very useful to keep a positive attitude and view your world through that. And as you probe deeper into your life and your surroundings what you come up with will not always be pleasant. And although these conclusion may be unpleasant at first they may also be a gateways and turning points for you. If you face them and explore them and start to draw understanding and lessons from them. <br />
    9. 9. “People do not like to think. If one<br />thinks, one must reach conclusions.<br />Conclusions are not always pleasant.”<br />
    10. 10. Life lesson # 4 : You choose how you treat yourself. And how you want to be treated <br />No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. You decide if you let an insult hurt you or if you<br />just reject that gift. You also decide how you want to be treated by the way you behave and how you <br />feel about yourself within. One last and important thing on this topic: people around you will reinforce <br />how you feel about yourself by treating you as they think is appropriate. That reinforces your self-image. <br />
    11. 11. “Never bend your head. Always<br />hold it high. Look the world<br /> straight in the eye.”<br />
    12. 12. Life lesson # 5 : Optimism is the key to discover what life really has to offer <br />Without positivity and optimism you may get stuck in a pessimistic perspective. Perhaps pessimism isn’t that realistic either. So you may as well try optimism. It creates a lot more fun and excitement within. Something that you can bring out into the world and out of your world too. It is the key, attitude-wise, to discover what the world really has to offer and what you can really do.<br />
    13. 13. “No pessimist ever discovered the<br />secret of the stars, or sailed to an<br />uncharted land, or opened a new <br />doorway for the human spirit.”<br />
    14. 14. Life lesson # 6 : Impossible is nothing <br />Yeah, Keller and the people around her really pulled something amazing off. The opinions of others can be helpful. But to take them as fact could be very limiting. Perhaps all of them don’t say things because they know much of those things but because they are stuck in a pessimistic perspective. Or want to cling to the safety they have created within.<br />
    15. 15. “While they were saying among themselves <br />it cannot be done, it was done.”<br />
    16. 16. Life lesson # 7 : Keep on keeping on <br />One big reason that people don’t get what they want may just be that they give up too soon. Perhaps because of a magic pill mentality where their expectation for success is stuck within a too small time-frame. To get the results you have stick with it. You have to persist. Not all people do. So the longer you persist the thinner the playing field can become. <br />
    17. 17. “We can do anything we<br />want to do if we stick to<br />it long enough.”<br />
    18. 18. Life lesson # 8 : Be open and flexible <br />When you are living in the present and not stuck in the past I have found that it’s a lot easier to find the<br />hidden opportunities in any situation. So whenever you see a door of happiness closing, take your eyes<br />off it at least pretty shortly after. And instead of letting your awareness linger on what is in the past, use <br />your time and focus to find the new opportunity to continue your daring adventure.<br />
    19. 19. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but<br />often we look so long at the closed door that we do not <br />see the one which has been opened for us.”<br />
    20. 20. Take your time in reading them. Inwardly digest them. Chew on them. Be challenged by them. Don’t discard them, but simply ask yourself ‘what are the inspiring lessons I have just learned’ once you have read them. Read them more than once. Seek to understand and take action. I believe you can succeed in your life!!!<br />
    21. 21. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”<br />Thank You Very Much<br />Sompong Yusoontorn<br />