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Wisdom from Janet Perez Eckles

Wisdom from Janet Perez Eckles

I had dreams , expectations and plans. But all ended when a black curtain covered my world. At 31 years old, a retinal disease brought complete blindness. And hope for happiness faded into the fog of fear.

I looked through the window of life and glanced at the only thing left: the ability to make choices.

And how sweet. The freedom to make choices was the gift wrapped in promises for a new tomorrow. For the good choices brought a colorful glimmer into my darkness.

And in that physical darkness, I chose to see the best of life. I discovered these choices that dispelled the sound of sadness and added a melody of joy into my days:

Often, what you see has nothing to do with eyesight, but with what the heart chooses to hold.

What you dream has little to do with what you learned, but everything to do with the passion you embrace.

The plans you have don’t involve the path ahead, but the steps you choose to take.

The lessons you learn don’t have meaning, until you choose to teach others what you know.

The amount of love you need isn’t important unless you choose to love the way God loves you….Continue reading on

Janet is an international speaker and the bestselling author of Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta.

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2:30AM PDT on May 9, 2012

What a courageous lady xx

5:30PM PDT on May 7, 2012

Very inspirational.

12:49PM PDT on May 7, 2012

Adversity either breaks you or makes you stronger. It all depends on the person.

11:18AM PDT on May 7, 2012

You are amazing and inspirational.

11:16AM PDT on May 7, 2012

You are amazing and wonderful person.

10:37AM PDT on May 7, 2012


8:13AM PDT on May 7, 2012


You are a very beautiful and inspiring person. Thank you for inspiring me to what is possible. I am in awe of your story and journey. You are a real inspiration keep up the good work.

9:29PM PDT on May 6, 2012


5:10PM PDT on May 6, 2012

What positive inspiration and lovely thoughts. Thank you!

4:20PM PDT on May 6, 2012

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