The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
William Shakespeare’s words in Julius Caesarspeak of personal accountability. We are where we are in life because of decisions we have made in the past. And we can make a better life tomorrow by making better choices today. Personal accountability – I love it.
When I think of people like Helen Keller, I have to try hard to think of any reason why a person cannot overcome adversity and become whatever he or she wants to become.
Blind, deaf and dumb, Helen Keller had no way of communicating with the outside world. Inside her head worked a fine brain, with no way of articulating its thoughts. All that changed on 3 March 1887 when Helen met a teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy. With patience, love and, always, strict discipline, Anne Macy worked with Helen Keller, teaching her to communicate, thus enabling Helen to unlock the huge potential stored within. Helen Keller later called March 3 her “Soul’s birthday.”
When you read the story of Helen Keller and the relationship with her teacher, you cannot help but be moved by the struggle that both teacher and pupil had to endure.
Helen went on to become an author and role model to not only the visually impaired, but also people with no disabilities. For Helen Keller, her setbacks began at birth and continued for much of her life. Helen is famous today, not for her setbacks, but for her triumph over adversity.
As Shakespeare said to Brutus, we are masters of our fate, and if we are “underlings” then the fault is ours. Once we understand this truth, accept responsibility for the fact that we are the manufacturers of our own circumstances, and resolve to improve our circumstances, life ceases to become a struggle and instead becomes a journey of discovery.
I hear people paint life as hard and as a battle. I don’t like this picture. Life gets tough at times, but it’s our attitude toward life’s setbacks that determines whether life is tough or not. I believe that even life’s