Your strength…how strong are you?
Can you imagine…
You cannot talk. Cannot see. Cannot hear. You know touch. At first…as a baby, this may not affect you that much. Your needs are met. You eat and sleep. You cry and someone comes to take care of you. Then, as you start to get older, you can’t communicate because of these sensory issues. You start to get frustrated. Because you’re frustrated, you look for ways to get a reaction. Tantrums get you attention. But tantrums still don’t get what you need. Understanding. Of who, what and where you are. Can you imagine? This is how Helen Keller, after an illness that almost killed her at age two, existed. Existed. Trapped in that existence. I can’t even imagine that. Overcoming that. But she did. How do you get through to someone, communicate to someone so they understand and break them out of their “trapped existence?”
Helen Keller was rescued by a tutor, Anne Sullivan. Sullivan had been blind but through a series of operations, had gotten some of her sight back. Anne patiently tried teaching Helen sign language. Whenever Anne tried to teach Helen sign language by signing in Helens’ hand, Helen would reject her. This took a long time because Helens’ parents felt guilty and helpless regarding Helen. They didn’t know how to help her so they just let her be. Whenever Helen didn’t get what she wanted, she would throw a tantrum. Helen was completely undisciplined.
Discipline = Strength.
Anne knew this and wouldn’t let Helen get away with anything. Helen learned that if she were to get what she wanted it wouldn’t happen until Anne “signed” the item in Helens’ hand. Finally, when Helen finally understood what Anne was doing? She was euphoric. Helen indulged in her thirst for knowledge. She learned how to speak. To inspire others to overcome disabilities she lectured and wrote a book. Her passion founded foundations and earned her medals of honor. None of this would have happened without the ONE person who wasn’t afraid of giving Helen what she needed. A serious kick in the ***. Anne. Discipline. Anne knew Helen would never succeed or learn without discipline.
How disciplined are you? Who loves you enough to tell you WHEN you need to be more disciplined? Listen to them. They may be telling you something you don’t want to hear. They are doing it because they care. The people that truly love you aren’t afraid of telling you the truth. Listen to them.
There is discipline in everything you do. Work. Play. Body care. Skin care. Home care. The more disciplined you are the more you can handle. Emotionally and physically. Where can you add some more discipline? Where do you feel you could be a stronger woman? Communication? If so, take a class. Find a mentor. Find a person whom you admire and watch them communicate. Here are two I like: Judge Judy-for her no BS attitude. Michelle Yeoh: Dominating Martial Arts.
And really? That’s all there is to it. Just do it. Channel your inner Nike slogan and become a stronger person for YOU. Become your own Anne Sullivan. She will have your back, Helen. Love, Goddess
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