“The Best and Most Beautiful Things in the World Cannot Be Seen Nor Even Touched.”
“I used to wish that I could see pictures with my hands as I do statues, but now I do not often think about it because my dear Father has filled my mind with beautiful pictures, even of things I cannot see. If the light were not in your eyes, dear Mr. Brooks, you would understand better how happy your little Helen was when her teacher explained to her that the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart. Every day I find out something which makes me glad.” Helen Keller, 11 years old.
Helen Keller and Ann Sullivan innovated the way blind people interacted with the world in the face of significant social stigma.
The Power of Your Imagination
While Helen Keller formed this idea at the teachings of Sullivan, it demonstrates the impact a teacher has on a student just as much as it does showing Keller’s open mind to defy conventional wisdom at the time. It is obvious Helen Keller knew the value of imagination at an early age.
A value many seeing people never get. She lived in her imagination and instead of filling it with negatively it was full of enormous ambition and optimism.
The Impact of Helen Keller
There are many inspirational figures in history but none embodies it the way a young child does. From Helen Keller to Ann Frank, children continue to have courage and mystifying gratitude in the face of ugly realities.
Maybe its youthful ignorance but the purity to which children finds optimism and hope and imagination can lift ones spirits and show anything is possible with tenacity and desire and most of all imagination. Not to mention a dedicated teacher who made possible for the likes of Keller and many others after her.