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Optimism, An Essay

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In "Optimism, An Essay," Helen Keller explores the power of positive thinking and its ability to overcome life's challenges. Drawing from her own experiences as a blind and deaf individual, Keller offers a unique perspective on optimism and its role in fostering resilience and perseverance.

Throughout the essay, Keller eloquently conveys the importance of maintaining a hopeful outlook, even in the face of adversity. She emphasizes the need to cultivate a sense of gratitude and appreciation for the small joys in life, as well as the ability to see beyond obstacles and setbacks.

Keller's words are inspirational and uplifting, serving as a reminder that positivity can truly transform one's perspective and outlook on life. Her message is a powerful reminder that optimism is not just a mindset, but a way of life that can lead to greater fulfillment and happiness.

Overall, "Optimism, An Essay" is a thought-provoking and insightful read that is sure to resonate with readers of all ages. Keller's wisdom and perspective on optimism are both timeless and relevant, making this essay a valuable addition to any personal library.

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Though blind, deaf, and left-handed too, it seemed nothing could hold Helen Keller back. For her graduation from Radcliffe College in 1903, this 23 year old idealistic, charming, ever-striving, pampered young essayist wrote: "I find myself looking forward with beating heart and bright anticipations to what the future holds for me. My share in the work of the world may be limited; but the fact that it is work makes it precious." She concludes, "America is confronted with the mighty task of assimilating all the foreigners that are drawn together from every country, and welding them into one people with one national spirit. We have the right to demand the forbearance of critics until the United States has demonstrated whether she can make one people out of all the nations of the earth. . . . . I find that to be an American is to be an optimist." She went on to develop even higher hopes for a borderless, socialist world, where all mankind strive to help each other prosper as one human family. - Summary by Michele Fry

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