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Creativity versus Underachievement

This is WEEK 8 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by.  

Are you familiar with the story of Helen Keller?  She lost her hearing and sight before the age of 2 and lived like a wild, unruly, unteachable child until the age of 7.  So she would have continued to exist  if it had not been for a young teacher named Anne Sullivan .  Anne had a unique perspective on blindness because she had recently had her sight restored through surgical procedures.  Taking that very special insight and empathy, she was able to reach into the dark, confused world of Helen Keller and make a human connection.  Helen Keller grew into an educated, wise, talented and grateful lady who made many contributions to society.  Helen Keller may have been blind and deaf, but she had the mindset of achieving, of being useful, and productive with her life.  She didn’t focus on what she couldn’t do, but on what she could accomplish with the talents and knowledge that she did possess.   As quoted by Helen Keller:   “I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”

We should strive to utilize our unique creativity and not settle for being an underachiever. Read the rest of this entry

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