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Helen Adams Keller discovered the power of touch as a child, and her life demonstrates that you can overcome life’s struggles and make a difference in the lives of others.

Helen Keller age 8 with tutor Anne Sullivan in July 1888
Helen Keller age 8 with tutor Anne Sullivan in July 1888

Helen Adams Keller born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama was one of the most remarkable and influential people in American history.

Helen Keller contracted an illness at 19 months old, described by doctors as “an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain,” which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. That illness left her both deaf and blind.

Helen could see and hear before the illness, and after the illness, Helen could communicate somewhat with Martha Washington, the six-year-old daughter of the family cook, and by the age of seven, she had more than 60 signs to communicate with her family.

Power of Touch to Communicate

Anne Sullivan began teaching Helen Keller to communicate by spelling words into the palm of her hand. Helen Keller used the power of touch to learn her first-word “water” as Sullivan made motions on the one hand and ran water over the other hand.

The power of touch was her eyes and ears, and the only connection she had to the outside world. She learned to communicate and to experience life in the world around her using the power of touch.


Power of Touch to Overcome Disabilities

Helen learned to use the power of touch to overcome her disabilities, and her ability to push past the boundaries of her disability was simply amazing, and she was a blessing to numerous people in the future.

Helen became highly educated, and her accomplishments in life were remarkable given the fact that she was unable to see or hear and was in absolute darkness alone.


Power of Touch to Accomplish Remarkable Things in Life

Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Helen Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author who wrote and published 12 books and several articles. She was an advocate for people with disabilities, a birth control supporter, and help found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the United States’ two highest civilian honors.  (Source: Wikipedia Helen Keller

Helen Keller discovered the power of touch as a child, and her life demonstrates what you can accomplish when you exercise this power properly.


Discover the Power of Touch and Make a Difference

We all have the power of touch and can make a difference other people’s life.

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We all touch people every day with the words we speak and actions we take. We can use the power of touch to make a difference in the lives of other, be a blessing or a curse to them.

Be mindful of other people!

Pay attention to the way you’re using the power of touch!

Do all things with love in your heart, make a difference in the lives of others, and make your impressions count. Let your actions leave behind happy memories and most importantly be a blessing to others.

The manner in which you touch others can make all the difference in their life.

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Luke 6:31 KJV


Favorite Quotes by Helen Keller

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.”


“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”


“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”


“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.”


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”


“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”


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