I know you have probably heard of Louis braille, the boy that invented the braille system of reading for the blind using tiny little dots, he was also BLIND, blind? but how was he able to…..? yes he was blind but he didnt allow his physical condition or background to put his back on the ground and thats why i will be sharing this extract about his life to drive the point home that nomatter the kind of condition that you find yourself in – you still have the ability to harness the enourmous resources God has given to you.
The man who gave to the blind the wonderful braille system of reading was himself blind. A Frenchman born in 1809 near park, Louis braille’s father was A saddler; while A toddler playing in his father’s workshop, he had inadvertently picked up A knife, which slipped and pierced his eye. Infection set in and when only three, he was blind in both eyes. The village priest, A kindly man proved to be A lifesaver to the lonely unhappy child, reading to him stories from the bible, describing flowers and wonders of nature, teaching him to distinguish the songs of birds and also music. He proved so responsive that at the age of seven the local school master accepted him as one of the scholars, where-the only blind boy in the class – he displayed such grasp and retentiveness of memory that he needed only to hear A thing once to be able to repeat it. Thanks again to the good offices of the priest, when ten, Louis was enrolled as A scholar in the institute for the blind paris, the only one of its kind in europe. Teaching was by mutual instruction. The bright boys passing on the lesson to others. Louis proved outstanding, and was appointed A teacher while still in his teens. He felt keenly the inadequacy of “mutual instruction “. The conviction grew, “without books the blind can never read” and at once he set his fertile brain and imagination to the solution of this apparently insoluble problem. A chance encounter with an army officer gave him his first clue. He learnt of messages sent by code called “night writing” made up of dots and dashes on A strip of cardboard conveying A message to the troop in darkness which they could decipher by feeling, without having to light a touch. Night and day he wrestled with the problem, and in his early twenties had built up the entire braile system. With extraordinary ingenuity he worked out sixty-three combinations of dots covering the entire alphabet entire alphabet, including punctuation marks and abbreviation signs.
The small punctures of the dots on the cardboard were easily felt, and the letter it stood for quickly recognized. To braille’s bitter disappointment his new system met with skepticism from the governors of the institute who initially forbade its use. But in 1847 the braille system was first employed in the institute. Goverment recognition of his great invention followed, but the honour only reached him when he was a dying man in 1852. He was tubercular, suffering frequently from hemorrhage of the lung, he died at the age of 43. He has reaped a harvest infinitely greater than he could have imagined. The braille system today encircles the whole world. The priest’s word to the little blind boy has been abundantly justified ;”God means you to use your blindness for his glory and the good of mankind”.
Let the life of this young man be a challenge to you. Learn how to walk through difficulty into success because difficulty and greatness are inseperable.
The psychologist magazine jan 1972 pg19 manified house