What is an encourager? An encourager is someone who tells someone they can when everyone and everything else says they cannot. Helen Keller was blind, deaf, and mute. Her family and others thought because she could not hear, see, and speak that she could not communicate or function properly. Due to this lack of communication they taught her to act inappropriately and without boundaries or reason. Her teacher, Annie Sullivan, told her otherwise. She was determined that Helen would communicate, behave, and function as a responsible, creative, reasonable person. Annie encouraged her and through that encouragement retrained Helen’s thinking and helped her overcome what seemed complete impossibilities. She learned to communicate, function, went to school, spoke to masses of people and wrote. Helen also knew God. It is quite possible that she never would have known God without the encouragement of Teacher. That is encouragement to be an encourager.
Quotes by Helen that never would have happened without the encouragement of Annie Sullivan (Teacher):
“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”
Thank you to all who have been encouragement to me.