Madiba, Rest In Peace

imageNelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

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.”

Nelson Mandela



About Kirsten Long

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5 Responses to Madiba, Rest In Peace

  1. Sharon says:

    Mandela has been such an inspiration, there was so much that I did not know about him but I have learned tolerance and patience, above all love and forgiveness.

  2. Erich Viedge says:

    What a lovely post! I shall definitely take your words to heart and try to apply them. Thank you for the difference you have made in my own life this year!

  3. Jill says:

    I think Madiba had patience, something I am learning to acquire. Sometimes we have to say to ourselves: “This too will pass” and then have the patience to wait it out. Imagine being in jail for 27 years and waiting! Good things do come to pass….

    Thanks for this gentle reminder Kirsty.

    • Kirsten Long says:

      Hi Jill. That is a beautiful and important character trait to adopt. I’m sure you already have plenty…. And that means you can cultivate more! Take care, Kirsty

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