“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”
This is one of many marvelous quotes from Helen Keller. Born this month in 1880, she had a normal childhood until she was almost 2 years old, when a high fever and illness rendered her deaf and blind.
In the course of her lifetime, she transformed this tragedy from that of a Victim reacting to the Persecutor of her limitations to a Creator choosing her response to the Challenger of learning to communicate in non-traditional ways. Assisted by Anne Sullivan, as her teacher and Coach, she lived a remarkable life of contribution – one that earned her the distinction of being listed as one of the most admired people of the 20th Century.
Helen Keller stands as a reminder that, as a Creator, we are not exempt from suffering. As she once wrote, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” One of the primary distinctions between a Victim and a Creator is how we respond to suffering, setbacks, disappointments, and limitations great and mundane.
Do you have a favorite person – living or historical – that is a “Profile of a Creator?” If so, email me and let me know who it is and why they stand as a Creator to you!