“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.” - Helen Keller
Good morning, friends! I must first apologize for last week’s absence. I was out of hand for two days with the family. I wish I had prepared for the absence, but alas, I did not. Please forgive. Also, welcome to the new few who have joined the ranks of the encouraged!
If anyone can speak with authority on trials and suffering, it is surely Helen Keller. Her story is well known, and greater respected. She overcame tremendous odds to achieve a wonderful life at a time when such an outcome was nearly unheard of. The resources of today make her story far more possible. Yet the resources of modernity must never diminish the achievements of history. We rightly applaud her.
Yet nothing I have ever read suggests she ever sought applause. She simply sought achievement, to not be constrained or limited by simple abilities. She never lost sight (no pun intended at all) of what mattered to her: a healthy and happy life as a normal part of society. For Ms. Keller to reach her goal she had to walk a road paved with nearly everything negative one can imagine. Yet she carried on.
I wonder… with all the resources of modernity, what keeps you and me from reaching our goals? Are we too easily defeated today by simple obstacles? Is our sight less clear than that of a blind woman? Are we too undone by weak ambitions? What is keeping you from the honest success of your dreams?
Perhaps you simply need to clarify your “Why?” That’s what carried Ms. Keller to success; she know exactly why she was needed to keep on going. Why do you want to succeed? Why do you want something different? Why will a different outcome mean everything to you? Nail down your “Why?”, make it mean something powerful to you, and then watch the character in you carry you. And believe me, with a powerful “Why?” your character will carry you very far, all the way to success. So what’s stopping you now? Only your courage to name “Why?”!
I know you have a dream, maybe many of them. Perhaps you want something different. Maybe you have a great need. Focus on that outcome, focus clearly enough to own it, and follow your character home. I have absolute faith you will do it. Why? Because you want to!