LEADERSHIP – DETERMINATION: She never held public office or Corporate ownership, or held Corporate Leadership roles, but was, however, blind, mute, and deaf. She was hardly your typical Leader ….. She was HELEN KELLER: who was born in 1880 on an Alabama Plantation, and reared by middle-class parents.
Because of the unusual, and intense commitment of Anne Sullivan, who was her companion of 49 years; she was able to learn and use sign language. Keller graduated from Ratcliff, and over a 25 year period, she learned to verbally communicate.
Miss Keller received many awards over her long life… enjoyed many accomplishments, received numerous honorary doctorates, and spoke world-wide on the causes of blindness. She died in her sleep at age 88. Miss Keller was a determined example of how hard work, commitment, and imagination can triumph over adversity.
I don’t know about you… but I’m a bit embarrassed about my own career accomplishments when I compare myself with Miss Keller. I certainly did not have the intensity of her commitment. One may wonder what she would have accomplished had she not been blind…much less mute, and deaf. Most of us would have great difficulty matching her accomplishments while saddled with any ‘ONE’ of her disadvantages, much less three. Yet we clearly trail her with all of our faculties intact. Her life is one that all of us would be well to consider emulating.
John 9:2-7 – And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud.
Romans 5:3-5 – More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
God Bless all of those who are driven to succeed… along with having to deal, on a daily basis with the severity of disadvantages similar to Miss Helen Keller….yet SUCCED they do. Let this give evidence to the Love of God to His children. He takes what seems to be a necessity of life, and gives us, instead, a unique skill as a substitute.
“Smile! Laughter makes even subdued personalities sparkle. No one has a monopoly on achieving fame or fortune. The field is wide open.” Helen Keller – 1887 – 1968