Learning in the dark

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away —

HELEN Keller, struck blind and deaf by fever in infancy, said everything had its wonders, even darkness and silence.

“I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content,’’ she said.

Keller, one of the remarkable human spirits of the past century, echoed Paul the Apostle’s words: “To see the world around us for what it truly is, we must open our eyes, not just the literal eyes of our heads, but the poetic eyes of our hearts.’’

The apostle Paul said: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’’

Keller, whose life story touched millions, described herself as an optimist and said she could “sense’’ God all around her.

She said the best and most beautiful things in the world could not be seen or touched. They were known by some other instinct of the soul.


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