“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
Surely she — left deaf and blind at the age of 19 months after an attack of scarlet fever or meningitis, but who with the aid of an inspired teacher and her own determination and heroism became a role model to the world — has earned the right to be heeded by us.
But Helen Keller is famous, and long since dead. There are heroic people living quietly among us right now –overcoming difficulties and handicaps and capable of inspiring and encouraging us. You’ll find one — a stroke victim at 27, partially blind, suffering from face blindness (prosopagnosia) and recurring epilepsy, but nonetheless a wife, a mother, a joyful woman and a true hero— right here, on Tara Fall’s blog, Finding Strength to Stand Again.
(Tara would reject out of hand my using the words “victim” and “suffering.” She is truly a believer in the opening door, and in the opportunities and gifts of adversity. She’s not only one of my heros, she’s a delight as well.)