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“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” ~Helen Keller

As a child, I remember reading a book about Helen Keller. If anyone knew first hand about overcoming, she was certainly one of them! Left deaf and blind after illness at age 19 months, it was years before Helen discovered the power of sign language and communication through her teacher, Anne Sullivan. She went on to college and in 1904, was the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe. Helen was a speaker, author of twelve published books, political activist, and world traveler.

A life full of suffering. A life full of overcoming. And she couldn’t have done the latter without experiencing the former. After all, in order to conquer or prevail, there must be opposition standing in the way. And a world full of suffering is also full of opportunities to be victorious in the face of trouble.

What about you? Have you experienced more suffering or more overcoming in life? Are the two connected?

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  • June 9, 2011 at 7:18 am
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    >I'm learning not to push away the pain…it's paradoxical…if I accept not only the pain but am willing to feel it and am willing to not want to feel it…that's my best self. Thanks for your gentle good and thoughtful writing.

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