Inspirational Short Stories

Inspirational Short Stories especially from teenagers and students around the world. Here you will find stories of achievement, courage, challenges overcome and plain simple little acts of kindness.

Helen Keller
Helen Keller lived in a world of darkness and silence. She was eighteen months old when she contracted a virus which robbed her of her sight and hearing. Imagine what that must have been like!

As she got older she developed terrible temper tantrums because she couldn't communicate with others. That is until one day Anne Sullivan came into her life. Anne was about to change Helen for ever.

Anne was once blind but had regained her sight. She taught Helen through touch. She would take her hand and stroke a cat with it. Then she would write Cat on the back of her hand. Then she would put Helen's hand on her vocal chords and say the word Cat.

She did this with everything and eventually Helen began to 'feel' the world that she lived in. Later in life Helen would be able to actually 'speak' so that Anne could understand her.

Helen and Anne travelled the world together giving talks about hope and overcoming the challenges that we all face in life. Helen became a sought after motivational speaker.

She wrote three books, ‘The Story of my Life’ in 1903, ‘Out of the dark’ in 1913 and ‘Teacher’ in 1955.

In 1904 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Three films were made about her. ‘Deliverance’ in 1918, ‘The Unconquered’ in 1953 and ‘The Miracle Worker’ in 1959.
In 1964 Helen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson and in 1965 she was elected to the Women’s Hall of Fame at the New York World’s Fair.
One of her famous quotes - ‘The world may be full of suffering but it is also full of overcoming'.

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