Writing In Faith: Inspiration From All-Time Greats With Severe Chronic Physical Impairments

Unknown engraver after Hubbard, Work-School for the Blind, Euston Road. Engraving (published in Illustrated London News, 24 April 1858). Credit: Chronicle / Alamy Stock Photo.

Writing In Faith Without Physical Sight

JOHN MILTON

Totally blind at the time of his first wife’s death in 1652, John Milton (1608–1674), some would say second only to Shakespeare in the pantheon of English literary giants, produced his greatest poetic works in the last two decades of his life. Paradise Lost in 1667 and its sequel Paradise Regained in 1671, the same year that Samson Agonistes was published, clearly stand out.

HELEN KELLER

Born June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S.A., Helen Keller was afflicted at the age of 19 months with an illness (possibly scarlet fever) that left her blind and deaf.

JAMES JOYCE

James Joyce (1882–1941) was a noted Irish novelist, poet and short story writer. His major works in which he explored new literary methods include Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939).

Frances Ridley Havergal

Every Sunday, all over the globe, with joy, dancing, praise, adoration to the Triune God, her hymns are song by Christians, and also during final goodbyes to loved ones.

Inspirations From This Quartet And Similar Minds

  1. They neither focussed on their calamities nor conquests. They used their circumstances to pen words of hope for mankind.
  2. No grumbling. Just gratitude, fortitude, joyfulness and patience.
  3. Their words and penmanship were accompanied by selfless deeds.
  4. Providing Hope, adding Value and making Positive Impact on Society were their primary objectives, not Monetization.

So, keep writing — no matter what — and keep inspiring hundreds, thousands and just maybe millions of our fellow humankind including generations yet unborn!!!

Despite the ferocious pecuniary proclivities of our current culture, the above inspirations should stand tall in our minds.

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Sylvanus A AYENI, M.D.

Sylvanus A AYENI, M.D.

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Neurosurgeon. Founder, Pan Africa Children Advocacy Watch(PACAW Inc) www.pacaw.org. Author: RESCUE THYSELF: Change In Sub-Saharan Africa Must Come From Within