Friends, this week during some of my reading and search for inspiration, I came across a quote from one of my favorite and most notable influencers, Helen Keller. Helen has been gone from this world for a long time, but it seems like her influence is seen more and more each day especially with current happenings in our crazy world.
For those who do not know her story, Helen Keller became deaf and blind at 19 months old, and went on to not only learn to speak, read, and write, but went to Harvard and became a published author with significant contributions to the world we live in. As impressive as that is however, what I find even more interesting–and I am pretty sure very few know–is that this widely renowned quote (written in 1940) is embedded in a paragraph that I find extremely relevant to our current Pandemic.
In one of Keller’s works, “Let Us Have Faith,” a chapter titled “Faith Fears Not” contained the following passage:
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. God Himself is not secure, having given man dominion over His works! Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Faith alone defends. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”
My friends, just as Helen Keller did during her life, we need to choose to live as fully, freely, and as faithfully as possible. Whether experiencing a crazy pandemic like we are in now, or something else,” life is either a daring adventure or nothing”, and we must keep the faith and not let our lives be driven by fear. When we can do this, only the best is yet to come!