Tabula Rasa

Helen Keller (1880-1968) was a woman born blind and deaf, living isolated from people until her teacher, Anne Sullivan, found the way of breaking these tough barriers, teaching her to read and communicate through the hands. Helen left a legacy of hope and light in her writings, in her words. She wrote: “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It's what the sunflowers do.” And also: “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”

It’s too easy to concentrate on what we cannot do…. But there is always something to do and overcome. Always.

Writer and psychoanalyst Viktor Frankl, observing people from the concentration camps where he himself was prisoner, concluded that those who had greater chances of survival were those who had hope and meaning. He said, “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

The past does not need to determine your future. Many things shaped your past, your family, your genes, your education, your social life, your country, the culture, the friends, your decisions, even circumstances that you could not control. It is important to understand your past, but more important for you to start building a new future today.

Two words in Latin say: Tabula Rasa, which means “a clean slate”, like the blackboards used in schools to educate. If we can keep our slates clean and updated, we will get up each day with more enthusiasm and a great hope of what may be in store for us. There is a world out there waiting for your creativity, your input and your inspiration.

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