While working with children one day, I walked through the hallway at their school. I am not sure what originally drew my attention to the bulletin board, yet I found myself stopping to take note of the words that were written on a piece of paper posted there.
“I am only one, but still I am one. I can do somethings. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Helen Keller
These words penetrated my heart. Helen overcame many obstacles in her life and succeeded in ways I will never know. She was born deaf and blind, yet she was able to show others how she made powerful choices to live her life to the fullest.
What is the ‘something’ we can do? I am practicing being present and consciously living in the now. I must be able to focus on the one thing I need to accomplish while living within my limitations. One of the ways I can do that is accepting the things I can not change and change the things I can. The key is to have the wisdom to know the difference.
I often ask myself, “What difference do I make”? What does it matter if I am a good counselor, writer, teacher, artist, if I work really hard or not at all? Does it matter? What difference do we all make?
While contemplating Helen’s quote and what she was stating, I realize the questions I was asking myself were being answered.
It is true, I cannot do everything, yet I like Helen will not refuse to do the “something” that I can do. If I am able to help others by relieving their stress, reducing anxiety, or lifting their spirits I will have been successful. It is my hope that in doing so, I may contribute in the lives of others while making a positive difference.