Be Happy With What You Have

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“BE HAPPY with what you have while working for what you want.” – Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller (1880 – 1968) was an American educator, author, and political activist who became the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. Her inspiring life story made her a leading figure of the twentieth century and world’s best known person with deafblindness. She is credited for transforming the way the world viewed people with disabilities.

Keller was born healthy but became very ill with a high fever at the age of 19 months. The illness, diagnosed by doctors at that time as “brain fever,” totally damaged her sight and hearing. Modern-day experts believe that she suffered from scarlet fever or meningitis.

Life would have been different for Keller if it weren’t for her teacher and companion for nearly 50 years, Anna Sullivan. After graduating valedictorian from Perkins School for the Blind, she moved to Alabama to become Keller’s teacher. Her tireless efforts helped the young wild Keller find a better way to communicate than throwing tantrums. Anne helped her young student make sense of the world despite being deafblind. Keller later remarked that meeting Anna was the most important day in her life.

Gradually, Keller became self-sufficient enough to study on her own and write about various topics to improve the lives of others. Her active involvement on important issues in her time, unpopular her opinions may be, caught the attention of great minds, including Mark Twain. Despite her incapabilities, she went down in history as a well-traveled, cheerful, charming, yet courageously outspoken woman with a mission.

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