Now That's Some Illuminating Inspiration!
~Interpreting the great Helen Keller's quote
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow."~Helen Keller.
Great humans are not only known by their actions but also their quotes, which remain alive much longer than them. Here's a gem from the great Helen Keller, which offers illuminating inspiration for anyone with zest for Life.
Knowing that she was visually and aurally challenged, this quote becomes even more significant, in terms of the positive outlook of Life, because it reflects her inner experience of light and shadow.
Sunshine is warm, bright and nourishing. All are positive aspects and necessary ingredients for life to flourish. Anyone who is focused on growth can appreciate the value of it.
Shadow is a mere reflection of the person looking at sunshine, that the person him/herself isn't bothered about much (how many times does one keep watching one's own shadow..? Never, probably..!)
When one looks at sunshine, one is looking ahead. Forward. To what's possible, now and in the future. With hope.
Watching the shadow is looking behind. To the past, that's done and dusted. Lingering on the glory days that are irrelevant. Just wishing for that time, with a sigh.
Now, close your eyes and imagine all the aforesaid things, playing like a movie, on the mind screen. That's how Helen Keller would've visualised it (remember she could neither see nor hear).
In a time when the physically challenged beings like her probably didn't have much hope to be significant. Yet, she went ahead and did spectacular things that guide her ilk even now. Decades after she was gone. Wow!
Learning directly from an illustrious life like Helen's - irrespective of any flaws she may've had as a human being - is obviously far more valuable than reading tomes from the so-called self-help experts, who keep churning out the same idea, in book after book.
Is there any reason for us to still complain about the injustice of Life or choose to “Be Joyful and Spread the Cheer” instead, like that awesome icon!
~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy
Note: This post was originally Swamy's response to a question in Quora.
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