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The Story of My Life

by Helen Keller

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What lesson can we learn from Helen Keller's openness to whatever life has to offer her and how can we incorporate the same in our life?

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Helen Keller faced many challenges in her life. She was deaf and blind, and for several years she could not communicate effectively. After she learned to communicate using the manual alphabet, Helen was still not satisfied. She wanted to learn how to speak. She attended a special program for this purpose. Helen wished to broaden her horizons because she thought, "one who is entirely dependent on the manual alphabet has always a sense of restraint, of narrowness" (The Story of My Life, Chapter XIII).

Shortly after Helen learned to speak, she was accused of plagiarism because of a short story she wrote. This accusation left a deep impact on her. She lost her confidence as a writer for a while. Helen also faced other challenges. Her father passed away, and she lost dear friends. Despite these challenges, Helen did not give up. She worked hard, even graduating from college with honors.

There are many lessons to be learned from Helen Keller. One lesson is to never give up. Others can use this lesson in their lives by persevering, even when there are challenges. Another lesson is to work hard, which Helen did to learn how to speak and earn a degree. Helen also saw the good in situations, even when they were difficult. Others can benefit from looking for the positive aspects of their own lives.

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