This morning I stumbled across a tweet about Signing Time’s 10th Anniversary. I have loved Signing Time for years (and have blogged about it numerous times!) so I clicked over to enter their contest and watch some special video interviews with co-founder Rachel and her family.
I was (as usual) so inspired by them. They saw a need (help hearing kids communicate with deaf kids) and filled it. And they started a movement with it! Rachel’s daughter, Leah (who is deaf) is articulate, confident and adorable.
Don’t you love them?
So, I watched all 3 videos on their site and was all inspired by a mom’s love and action. Then I randomly saw a video that Karla shared on facebook about Helen Keller. Watch this:
How amazing and inspiring is that? She couldn’t see or hear and couldn’t communicate with anyone until she was SIX years old! How hard she must have pushed herself to speak and to learn!
Then I started thinking about the difference a hundred or so years makes! The strides we’ve made in just everything is so amazing! Today we might be sad if our child is born deaf but it’s not what it was 100 years ago. There are cochlear implants, computers, sign language and more.
But regardless of time, I see a common theme between these two stories. These 4 women–Hellen Keller & Ann Sullivan and Rachel & Leah Coleman didn’t allow their situation to push them back a few steps, they are using it like a slingshot and catapulted themselves to do more and change the world!
I’m just reflecting over my day–I spent the kids’ nap time reading blogs and checking my email. I ignored the things that I should have done today because I was “too tired”. But I don’t think that’s how GREATNESS is accomplished. I don’t think The Awesome shows up unless we push and labor for it. Unless we, like Rachel and Helen say, “I want more. And I’m gonna make it happen.”
What’s my awesome? What do I need to make happen? What am I sitting on?