The memorial service for Nelson Mandela took place yesterday. Many fitting and memorable moments of the day will help us to revere Mandela as the great man he was.
In August 2007 my family and I proudly watched the unveiling of the statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square in London. I remember the excitement of the crowd and the pride we felt as Madiba came onto the stage. He looked frail even then, and yet lived for many more years.
I know it’s probably a pipe dream, but imagine if every South African citizen ( or even some of them) endeavoured to adopt some of Madiba’s character traits? South Africa has the potential to be an awesome and amazing country and I believe this is one way we could do it.
Which character traits do you choose to bring more of into your life?
- Humility: Nelson Mandela always carried a modest outlook of his own importance.
- Wisdom: Mandela shows a capacity for reason and logic as well as deep insight into the struggles of humanity
- Forgiveness: One of the most prolific memories of Nelson Mandela is that he bore no grudges and displayed forgiveness for apartheid when most others would have wallowed in bitterness. In his words: “ ”But if I continued to hate them, they would have still had me.”
- Authenticity: Nelson lived his life according to strong beliefs. He displayed the courage to do what he believed was right not what was popular and so rose to greatness.
- Desire to make a difference: Nelson Mandela lived his life with purpose and that was to make the world a better place. He was instrumental in setting South Africa on the path to a free society.
- Perseverance: Madiba never gave up. He continued working towards his ideals through many trials and tribulations. Thank goodness he never have up. If you persevere you will attain your goals.
- Dignity: Dignity and grace is how we will remember Mandela living his life. At the same time he was self-assured and commanding. He was an exemplary human being.
Nelson Mandela was far more than the character traits I have mentioned. We are blessed to have had such a great and humble man lead our country out of apartheid into democracy.
If you are committed to bringing more Madiba Magic into your life, choose a quality of Mandela’s (you may have one that is not on my list) to work with. Start each day with a quiet moment. Contemplate or meditate on how your life would be if you demonstrated more of that quality each day. Set the intention to do that all day. Then go out there and make a difference.
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.”