Posts Tagged ‘Helen Keller’


I was excited to put a Christmas gift to good use, and immediately separated all of the parts contained in a gift box including coconut-scented body scrub, body butter, shower cream, a bath bar and a new puff. I am calling it :

memories of summer sunscreen

and I love it! Could there be a better scent for the monsoon season of the Pacific Northwest, than something that reminds ones nostrils of summer?

As I entered my shower I excitedly tossed my old shower puff … resembling more of a shower afghan, it was so stretched and misshapen. The new, replacement one was still almost round, and firm and delightfully clean.

I poured my memories of summer sunscreen coconut-scented shower cream onto the puff and smiled in anticipation of smelling better, and feeling cleaner that I had in months!

“OUCH!” I declared, audibly, in my private steamy oasis. That new puff lacked the benefit of having been softened by daily use, it’s edges were stiff and it’s effect was harsh to my tender, early morning, skin. I needed to alter my use. I needed to apply less pressure. The puff and I needed to come to an understanding of middle ground. I had not realized just how much pressure I had been putting on my old puff until I replaced it with the new, and like the idiom,

a new broom sweeps clean,

a new puff also rubs clean … and rough.

My epidermis is sensitive, and this was quite a violent way of cleaning the dead skin cells from the surface of my body!

Did you know that (according to http://www.kidshealth.org) we lose about nine pounds of skin cells every year … without breaking a sweat! Our skin, the human body’s largest organ, has an important job to do as it protects our bodies, holds everything together and gives us the ability to experience the sense of touch.

It was almost tempting to reach into that trash can and retrieve the old puff … but … I knew that the new one would probably clean better, removing the dead skin cells, so as to allow those below them to surface, so as to allow my skin to do it’s job well, so as to allow my skin to breath.

Even now, just a few days into using it, my skin feels more smooth.

The pain is worth it for the gain!

So it can be with any rough, painful, unexpected adjustment in life. The adjustments of today could pain off big time … in time. But, reaching back into the trash can of the past, means we are still dealing with the dirt of yesterday.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
ambition inspired,
and success achieved.”

Helen Keller

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Back in the stone ages, when I was an adolescent, I had a youth leader give me a rock for a gift. Actually she gave one to every girl there. It was a rounded stone, with a colorful sunset painted on it. On the back was written, “Fight Apathy” then she signed her name.

This youth leader was an amazingly loving lady. She had gone searching on the riverbanks for these smooth stones. She painted beautiful scenes on them, wrote on them, sealed them, then gave them as a reminder of the lesson she had been teaching. Mine has been part of the decor in my house for years. Now it is packed away in a ‘special box’ for me to pull out and remember.

For this lady to have gone to all that effort, her lesson must have been one she felt was worth the efforts!

Apathy is a lacking. It is a lacking of desire, a lacking of motivation, a lacking of emotion, a lacking of passion. Lacking of these things, means that they should have been there, but were not.

Apathy is dangerous!

As I was enjoying a few peaceful moments in the sun recently, I was pondering a number of things in my life, and when I pondered one specific issue, my thought was ‘I don’t care about that.’ My own thoughts echoed in my head. The issue was one I should care about. Throwing my hands in the air, and removing myself emotionally from the issue was not the answer. As a matter of fact, what I heard not long after my comments of ‘lacking’ was my dear, sweet, thoughtful youth leader … “fight apathy.”

To throw my hands in the air is like Pilate after the trial of Jesus, washing his hands (figuratively and literally) of the decision to crucify him. His apathy did not change the decision. His apathy did not change his part in the process. After all …

“In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men (and women) to do nothing!”
(possibly the words of Edmund Burke)

To do nothing is a decision of lacking, a decision of apathy. Our families, our world, needs for people to throw off apathetic thinking. We need to become passionate about living, and about life. We need to be the agents of change in our world … for the good of individuals, and for the good of society as a whole.

Whatever we do, we need to do it with our whole hearts, minds, souls and bodies. We need to fight apathy!

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all —
the apathy of human beings.

Helen Keller

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