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Helen Keller Quotes

by Steve M Nash
(Brighouse, W Yorkshire, England)

Weekly Wonder Online: 44

Helen Keller wonders...

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do."

More Helen Keller Quotes...
"I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure."

"Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world."

What I Wonder...

Listen to my thoughts about Helen Keller's quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite place of mine - this time Brighouse train station (for the second week in a row!)...

(NOTE: Yes, *I* wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)

As I say in the video above, Helen Keller's words are truly inspirational. They reveal to us our potential to make a difference to our lives and to the lives of people around us. We MATTER, we really do. As all of the quotes by Helen Keller on this page indicate.

And that is all well and good, isn't it, until you take a closer look at what's going on inside each and every-one of us. Until you listen in on Radio Talk To Ourselves. Until you hear what people really think:
  1. We don't like ourselves;

  2. we are not our own best friend;

  3. negative self-talk runs riot inside our minds, undermining MUCH of our greatness

Well, I am NOT a mind-reader, but I'm making a pretty good guess that what goes on in my mind goes on in yours sometimes too.

We really do undermine ourselves, a lot of the time.

We think of something wonderful we could attempt to do, and - quick as you like! - we dismiss the idea as something 'too hard' for us, too difficult or we tell ourselves that, "I just don't have the time for this!"

And there, in a flash, is yet another crime against humanity, against the greatness of YOUR humanity.

Billions of these crimes are committed each and every day; and they mostly never get reported.

And it's a shame - to understate this greatly - a real shame!

And I'm here to tell you, and me, that it doesn't have to be this way...

Instead, we can embrace the truth of what life is really all about:

* Life is about making yourself available to the opportunities it presents.

* Life is about not trying to control, other than controlling by letting go of the controls!

* Life is NOT about staying safe, taking no risks and avoiding the 'embarrassment of failure' at all costs. Nope!

You know this is true, just as much as I do, and yet here we are, together, listening to our minds telling us "No", and "I can't" and "I'm afraid" as if this is the only message our minds can offer us.

The truth is, we can choose for our minds to think thoughts that feel good (to quote Abraham-Hicks).

And when we think thoughts that feel good, a rather marvellous thing happens.

Want to know what that marvellous thing is?

Well... Try it, try it for yourself now.

Think a few thoughts that feel good.

Then tell us what happened in the comme nts section below. Tell us, then, what this Helen Keller quotation means to you. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised...

Helen Keller Quote

What YOU wonder?...

Yes, I'd love to know your thoughts on any of these inspirational Helen Keller quotes, but particularly on what happened when you chose thoughts that feel good ... You can leave comments below! :-)

Thanks for reading,

PS Seriously, please comment, please have your say, it makes a positive difference to us all - thank you!

Comments for Helen Keller Quotes

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May 30, 2011
Choose thoughts that feel good?
by: Steve

Some might think that choosing thoughts that feel good is a 'strange' activity. Some might have these comments to make, maybe:

1) How can you choose what you think about?
2) And if you *can* choose what your thoughts, why would anyone, in their right mind, choose thoughts that DON'T feel good?

Well, to those questions I reply:

1) Yes, you CAN - just try it!, and
2) Why, indeed!...

I've actively done this 'choose thoughts that feel good' exercise a few times and it never fails to 'feel good', it never fails to humble.

Go on, give it a try! Thoughts that feel good, feel good...


May 31, 2011
by: Sandra

I liked this video. It touched upon an issue I've been dealing with .

It made me wonder why I compare myself to others.

Could it be conditioning from home? School? The workplace?

At some time in my life was an affirmation that 'I'm not good enough'. And I thought if I worked harder, was smarter and perfect in all that I do the thought would go away. It has not.

I've met a few people who don't seem to agonize over this and they've been called "eccentric", "weird". I wonder what that is about. So many industries depend on our self doubt and feelings of inadequacy. Another story...

Jun 20, 2011
Comparing Yourself
by: Steve

Hmm, comparing yourself to others seems programmed into us, almost forcing us to 'feel bad' about ourselves.

Interestingly, what separates us - our unique individualities, and gifts - feels 'bad' because we experience these differences in terms of comparisons only.

And so what joins us all - the fact we all pretty much have the same fears and hopes, and we all have a tendency to blame the 'not me' - can be ignored, because we are obsessed with comparing ourselves all the time.

And I wish I wasn't guilty of this too...


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