“That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!” – Helen Keller, From her book called “The Story of My Life.”

I have been doing something I enjoy far more than going to Disneyland, and much cheaper by far, perusing the many shelves of the philosophy section, cooking section and lastly the biography section of the library.

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I asked the two librarians what books they had in stock here and checked out Helen Keller’s classic “The Story of My Life” I have read before but continue to be amazed how she saw life and decribed in detail things written in its pages-without ever seeing anything.

IF YOU HAVEN’T TAKEN THE TIME TO READ IT, THEN DO SO BECAUSE I KNOW IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT LIFE.

I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH EPILEPSY WHEN I WAS NINE YEARS OLD AND IT TOOK MANY YEARS LATER, WHEN I WAS A FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL TO SEE AND TRULY KNOW WHAT HEALTH WAS.

The piano was my best friend and I played more on it than with childhood friends, because they were scarce. Children tend to make fun of anyone who is different, unless they learn compassion and love and tolerance from their parents…like I did.

My best friend then was blind and when I saw the story about Helen Keller on a list of books on our school book drive, my parent’s bought it for me.

I realized that if Helen Keller could reach the summits and go to school and have the extraordinary mentality and outlook she did, then so would I.

My mother Ramona was my “Anne Sullivan”, teaching me I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. She was right and I have and will continue to set new goals.

You could say then that through understanding at a very early age that Helen Keller accomplished so much, even in spite of what she was dealt in life, her living words awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, and set it free! Along with my mother’s encouragement, I became a “visionary” person who knew nothing was truly impossible.

So take a trip to your local library and find a book or two or three in subjects you love and add new demensions to your life and expand your world beyond your own thoughts.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Written February 18th, 2013
8:40 p.m.

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Helen Keller & her dog found on Pinterest

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