“I am only one; but I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do; and what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do.” (Helen Keller, 1880-1968)

Helen Keller, an inspiring woman of courageous grit and faith, overcame the dark of her blindness and the silence of her deafness to bring the light of knowledge to millions around the world.

What strikes me about Helen Keller’s story is the perseverance of her tutor, Anne Mansfield Sullivan. She took an unruly child lost in a dark and silent internal hell and gave her the gifts of love, communication, and education. When Helen eventually attended prestigious Radcliffe College, Miss Sullivan spelled textbooks out letter by letter into Helen’s hands for FOUR YEARS. Helen graduated magna cum laude.

Miss Sullivan was just one person, who helped one child, who helped millions.

When so much need exists in our world, sometimes what we can do as one person seems like a drop in a fountain. But, as individual drops of love and courage pile up they will overflow into waterfalls cascading with hope, change and opportunity.

Like Helen Keller and Anne Mansfield Sullivan we have a choice to do something we can do, however big or small, to be part of this waterfall.

“The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.” Helen Keller

grace, peace & fountains of HOPE

Virginia : )

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.”  Helen Keller

Photos: Butchart Gardens, BC (Canada)

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  1. Debbie says:

    What an uplifting story, Virginia — thanks for sharing it here!

    • Virginia says:

      Can you imagine spelling out textbooks letter by letter for 4 years? Wow, talk about dedication! And Helen Keller International has helped (& continues helping) millions around the world. ✨🌍✨

  2. Garfield Hug says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Virginia and to all your family members who are moms!

  3. very inspiring. Love your thoughts on dear Anne.

    • Virginia says:

      Michele, think of all the children’s lives you have touched with the joy of music – a gift that will enrich them all their lives (whether or not they turn into concert violinists!) My grandmother (a music teacher) gave me piano lessons from the age of 5 until her passing when I was 10. I didn’t keep it up but her investment yielded a deep appreciation for music (that continues to make my world go round!) Hugs! 🎶🤗🎶

  4. Rabia Akram says:

    Very beautiful thoughts and message.

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