We will remember him. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013)
‘I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’
Nelson Mandela (April 20, 1964)
If you had a chance to get whatever it is that you wish for, what would it be? I know when I think about this scenario, my first thoughts are selfish ones. But when we look at some of the people that changed humanity for the better, you start to realise that they sacrificed self-gain for the greater good of the people. Such men and women are not only capable of being revered during life, but also remembered once they have passed. One great exemplar of this amazing feat is none other than, Nelson Mandela. We have all watched the news and read in the papers that he passed yesterday. All of the current world leaders took some time to remember a man who inspired countless others to love their country and to embrace diversity. It is a hard prayer to preach when everyone around you is telling you that you are wrong. Nevertheless, he kept on doing what he believed was right, until it broke the barriers of hate, greed and race. How many of us can truly testify that we could do the same? I, for one, concede defeat.
So when you think about the hardships you endure in your own life, how does it compare to the challenges these past leaders endured? Almost seems miniscule doesn’t it? But that does not discount the pain and hurt some of us may experience when we go through our trivialities. It’s a game of relativity and one we need to master in order to overcome and move ahead in a stronger state of being. So it might be a good idea to put things into perspective when they arise. Ask yourself what Nelson Mandela would do in your situation. Ask yourself how you can overcome whatever it is you are experiencing and how you can come out the other side a better person. I’m sure you will find the answer in your own time. These things can’t be taught – they can only be lived. Live, learn, grow.
Christmas is almost here and many of us are lucky enough to spend time with our beloved. But I also want to take the time to recognize that not all people have a happy holiday season. To you, I offer you a hug, a smile and my sincerest of blessings for a brighter 2014. New beginnings do not start at the commencement of a new year. They start when you tell yourself you are ready to take the first step. If you need a little push or a little encouragement, I empower you to seek it. If you can’t find it in a friend, there are countless organisations that can assist (eg. Lifeline – www.lifeline.org.au). Reach out because regardless if you believe it or not, there will be a hand on the other side.
That’s all from us this week. Stay tuned because many smiles are around the corner. PS. It’s a secret shhhh…..