Life and Hope
Around our life, there are a large group of people always complaining about their fate. In their view, God always sets too many obstacles for them to tackle with, such as poor living conditions, lack of education, bad pays, etc.. It seems that life is too harsh to move on, so they are indulged in endless complaints all the day, but when they come to realize that it’s time to work hard, there is simply no time left.
I used to be such a complaining person, always frustrated at the thought of my poor family, plain look, unsatisfactory job and nothing to be proud of. How could anyone else be more unlucky than me? Everything unwanted just happened on me. “My God, it’s unfair to treat me like this.” I would complain to myself. Doubting the meaning of life many times, I was still unable to explain and comprehend all these.
In all, I attributed all the troubles to others rather than myself until one way when I was introduced to a book, The Story of My Life, authored by Helen Keller. We may be no stranger to her essay, Three Days to See, but we may have no idea what her life was really like and even couldn’t imagine it. After reading the book, I would ask myself, “What do you expect? This is life.” As the author writes, “It is not true, then, that my life with all its limitation touches at many points the life of the World Beautiful?
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” What else should I say? Although Helen was blind and deaf, yet she tried to treat herself as a normal person. No one can imagine how hard her life was. But she still learned how to write, speak and read. When I read that she could feel the sun shining on her.
How surprise I was! But soon I know that all her feelings were touched by her heart, a heart full of hopes. Such was Helen Keller, a truly great person. Thinking of here, I feel much ashamed. Compared with her, I am much blessed so that I have no reason to complain at all.
From Helen’s story, I know that we don’t need to pray to be sheltered from dangers and misfortune, but should be fearless to confront and challenge them; we needn’t to beg for staying away from pains and sufferings, but should conquer it with a strong heart. That’s to say, where there is life, there is a glimmer of hope.
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