Incredible Story

March 8, 2015

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A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength.

Proverbs 17:22, NCV


Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
~Helen Keller
my thoughts red

hilton hotel vagasdWhat did Helen Keller and Conrad Hilton have in common? They were contemporaries. Keller was 7 years older than Hilton. I know you are familiar with Keller’s background so let me bring you up to speed on Hilton. Conrad Hilton got into the hotel business shortly after graduating college. At the age of 22, he read Keller’s essays on OPTIMISM and it totally revolutionized Hilton’s thinking. Long story short, Hilton became the C.E.O. of the largest hotel chain in the world with over 188 hotels in America and 54 overseas. We are not talking about motels on the side of the interstate that have 3 levels and 150 beds, we are talking about hotels like the Waldorf-Astoria.


Perkins Institute, Watertown, Mass

Keller passed away in June of 1968, my first year in college. Conrad Hilton passed away in January of 79. He was a billionaire so his family was expecting to get a big percentage of his fortune. Wrong! His largest endowment was to a daughter by Zsa Zsa Gabor and it was a disappointing $100,000. All the children sued but lost. His sons where left with jobs within the corporation but no one got a huge sum of money. Hilton left his wealth to the Conrad Hilton Foundation which is the largest contributor to the Perkins Institute, the school for the blind which Helen Keller attended. Perkins got an $80,000,000 grant to be used as a trust. This large sum has enabled them to go global. The Perkins Institute now helps blind people internationally.


All this happened because of one courageous lady, born blind and deaf, writing an essay of thinking positive. The Perkins Institute for the blind adopted one of Helen’s quotes as their bumper sticker…”Perkins Institute, where all we see is possibilities.”

Our default setting is on negativism. We have to put conscience effort into thinking positive. I want to read Keller’s essay and I plan to order a copy next week.


  • Today we pray for SENIORS. I cannot tell you how proud I am of Judy and her team of Ladies. After the GOLDEN GIRLS breakfast, they go visit the Nursing Homes. If you visit their class today, be sure and brag on them. They are leading the way in ministry. We salute the SENIOR ADULT LADIES.
  • I did not get a pic, went brain dead but we had a great turn out for the 5-K and the GOLDEN GIRLS. Next GOLDEN GIRL meeting is April 11.
  • I think we should do a 5-K for the College and Career Trip to Guatemala. Two things kept me from really enjoying the run-walk, actually three: [1] I had to be in hurry because of the GOLDEN GIRL meeting [2] It was a little on the cool side and my precious, sweet, wonderful daughter-in-law slept in due to the weather. I was planning on competing with her.  [3] I can’t run on one lung and it hurts. Ten years ago, I ran 5-K’s under 30 and 20 years ago I could break 25. Yesterday was over 40.
  • REMEMBER TO SPRING UP and we start at 9:15 with LCBS.
  • Email Governor Bentley about his weak position on same-sex marriage. If he hears from enough of us, he will change his tune.




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