Ever Lee Hairston|
Ever Lee Hairston serves on the Board of Directors for the National Federation of the Blind. The third of seven children, she is a product of the segregated South. After her
failing eyesight kept her from realizing her dream of becoming a nurse, she began working as a teacher. At the age of twenty-nine, facing total blindness,
with a failed marriage, a child to raise alone, and uncertainty about future employment, Ever changed her attitude and changed her life. After
attending the Louisiana Center for the Blind, the North Carolina Central University graduate began integrating blindness skills into her everyday life.
A resident of California, she continues to devote tireless hours mentoring and advocating for the blind.
One of my favorite quotes:
My mission in life is not merely to survive,
Growing up, I faced many disappointments which greatly diminished my self-confidence or perhaps shadowed my self-esteem,
But to thrive;
And to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.
- Maya Angelou
But I had to learn that we may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Through it all, I believe that my life has a purpose.
I have had to learn to love myself and honor myself as I am.
"To Thine own self be true"
I know that honor, self-respect and self-love are crucial to happiness.
- William Shakespeare
I have forgiven others because holding onto resentments, anger and hatred only hurts me and robs me of my life's Joy and happiness.
It is also important to forgive myself. Regret is an appalling waster of energy and I cannot throw away my happiness on guilt or shame.
Therefore, I have gratitude for all of life because gratitude unlocks the fullness of life and turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into
acceptance and turns chaos into order.
Gratitude makes sense of my past and brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow
So, I have made the choice to be constantly grateful for all of life.
Thanks to my family (Biological family and Federation of the Blind Family) to my friends and acquaintances, I have been so fortunate to meet over the years and
especially to God for love, hope and determination.
Just Released! Ever Lee's Memoir|
As a child, Ever Lee Hairston faced one disappointment after the other. A product of share-cropping parents and raised on one of the biggest plantations in the South,
Ever allowed those disappointments to diminish her self-confidence and sully her self-esteem. Not to mention, that for years, the young Ever hid a terrible secret,
which she hadn't told anyone -- not her family, her friends, her teachers, and as she got older, even her employers. Ever Lee didn't want to accept that she was slowly
losing her eyesight. As darkness began to envelop her, and inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ever eventually decided to stop feeling sorry for herself
and face her fears. Through two turbulent marriages, a host of setbacks, and a life that was getting harder and harder to manage, Ever encountered defeats, but was
determined not to be defeated. Now, decades after she lost her eyesight, her powerful
story is one of inspiration and ambition...and helping others realize their lives have purpose as they reach their full potential in spite of any obstacles in their paths.
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