No matter where we may be from and what our background is, we’re fairly unified in grief when one of the “greats” leaves this world.
Nelson Mandela passed away this week and tributes on news sites as well as blogs and social media sites abound. And all seem to be humming the same melody of admiration, sadness and reminiscence. What a truly wonderful legacy “Madiba” has left us!
Mr Mandela had the weight of a massively complicated and bloody conflict to contend with. He rose against an oppression that few of us can imagine. His struggle could have meant death at more than one occasion. In the end, it meant over two decades of loss of freedom. In short, he is a uniquely gifted and courageous hero and role model. One from whom we can learn greatly.
There is one quote from Madiba’s oratory arsenal that resonates with me more than others: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
In that, this great spirit reminds us of the greatness in each and every one of us and the urgency… no – the necessity, to live to our full potential in order to have a passionate and fulfilled life.
To me, this is equally true for a freedom fighter in a land of great injustices as it is for the solitary person wishing to finally find the courage to get out of the confines of anxiety’s shackles.
Because every great pilgrimage and adventure started with that first step of boldness.
Many of us are lucky enough to live in a society where most human rights are respected… this is freedom that should not be taken lightly, as it is very fragile indeed. Along the fractured passage of time, someone fought for us and at any time, if complacency sets in, that which we take for granted can be taken away.
It would be a great dishonour to them, and most importantly to us, to forego the duty to be the best we can be in this lifetime and lead our own fights – in our lands, our homes or within ourselves.
Here is an inspiring story of an individual who I think has embraced the opportunity life has given him to truly make a difference.
Have a lovely weekend everyone and thank you for reading.