Honoring Nelson Mandela

mandela1Revered elder. Symbol of perseverance and reconciliation. Father of the nation. Recipient of over 250 awards, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Order of Lenin.

These are only a handful of accolades that come to mind whenever Nelson Mandela’s name is mentioned. So, it is with great sadness that we join the South African nation in bidding farewell to an extraordinary man whose life is testimony to the Power of One.

My favorite Nelson Mandela quotes…

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

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.

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your friend.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

When the water starts boiling, it is foolish to turn off the heat.

There is no such thing as part freedom.

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

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5 responses to “Honoring Nelson Mandela

  1. One of my memories as a student is watching TV in South Africa, the day Mandela was released. I remember how much excitement and trepidation we all felt as a new era was ushered in. God Bless, Madiba. One of the greatest men of our time

  2. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

    He certainly made a huge and positive difference to the lives of many. Thanks for sharing Joanne.

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