An Opening Door?

“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.”

Helen Keller

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.)

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19 Responses to An Opening Door?

  1. Rebekah says:

    There are many hidden heroes. They can be very inspirational.

    With a trained eye you can always find the opened door.


  2. barb19 says:

    Determination and a positive attitude will get us through most things. Helen had both – and of course the desire and passion to learn.


    • Touch2Touch says:

      So, a trio of qualities? Do two out of three count? For me, the positive attitude is hard to come by. That’s why I value blog friends so much— they’re anchors and beacons.
      You know who you are! 🙂


  3. Stef says:

    Tara is fantastic; I adore her positive, determined spirit. And not to mention that she is all of the things you stated – AND a mom, AND a military wife! Wow. Makes my every day ‘worries’ seem super-trivial.


  4. Thank you for this. We take so much for granted in life. Her story is truly inspirational.


  5. Pauline says:

    I would add a fourth quality to Barb’s trio – humor, which seems to be a mainstay of Tara’s personality. Serendipitously, I had just been reading about a quality of our brain that allows us to allocate our attention. It’s amazing how we have the power to train ourselves, and yet we seem so unaware of it until we are forced by accident or illness to do so… thanks for sharing Tara’s blog.


  6. ceceliafutch says:

    This is a great post. Thank you so much. I also checked out Tara Fall’s blog….thanks for the link.


  7. Today is my youngest daughter’s ninth birthday. Just under eight years ago we were taking our first steps side-by-side. As I logged on to my computer today, it looks like I was the one receiving the first present this morning.

    The gift of your kind words and sharing my post means a lot to me. I never regretted what has happened, but I was always curious what would come of it. Early on I realized I have my own gift I can share with others: I have the gift of hope.

    Thank you,Judith, for allowing me to reach more people. I am thankful for all the wonderful gifts in my life.


    • Touch2Touch says:

      As I said to someone else — and I mean this most sincerely, Tara— it’s a privilege to know you, and to enable others to know you as well. And happy birthday to your daughter!


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