“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,” said Helen Keller. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree. It would have been impossible without the efforts of Anne Sullivan. Keller, who was only seven when Sullivan came into her life, was unable to function. Sullivan taught her how to communicate and opened the world to her. By the time Keller became an adult, she was able to take care of herself. She went on to flourish in the world as an author, political activist, and lecturer.
Years later, Anne Sullivan became ill and it was Helen Keller who took care of her. The one whose life had been changed became the agent of change. Keller once remarked, “So long as the memory of certain friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.”
The worse thing we can do in life is take people for granted. If we are not intentional on making and strengthening healthy relationships, we are setting ourselves up for failure. The greatest investment we can make in life is in people. John Maxwell says, “Our ability to build and maintain healthy relationships is the single most important factor in how we get along in every area of life.” Most of our success in life will be attributed with how well we got along with people.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” Proverbs 17:17.