Lfe lessons from madiba

Posted: July 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

#Peace #Love #Madiba
As we mourn the loss of one of the most inspiring
men in the world, we take comfort in knowing Nelson
Mandela leaves behind an indelible legacy of love.
Here are a few notions the Nobel Peace Prize
winner’s selfless actions and profound words taught
us.
1
Never, ever give up
I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and
free society in which all persons will live
together in harmony and with equal
opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live
for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for
which I am prepared to die.
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years — 27 years! — in
prison for fighting against the apartheid government in
South Africa. Upon his release, he went on to become
the country’s president through its first democratic
election. And, after his term, he spent his life
tirelessly campaigning for peace and equality.
2
Our failures speak volumes about our character
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me
by how many times I fell down and got back up
again.
When all is said and done — when the milestones of
your life stretch out before your eyes — it won’t be
the successes that define your character. It will, as
Mandela said, be the way you responded to failure
and never quit. There is so much to be said for the
tenacity of the human spirit.
3
We don’t all have to have the same opinion
I like friends who have independent minds
because they tend to make you see problems
from all angles.
If more people grasped this concept, the world would
be an infinitely better place. We can agree to
disagree. We can like different football teams. We can
even have different political affiliations — and still be
friends. And we’ll be better for respecting and seeing
the merit in perspectives other than our own.
4
We’re all in this together
A fundamental concern for others in our
individual and community lives would go a long
way in making the world the better place we
so passionately dreamt of.
Regardless of age or sex or creed or color, the
bottom line is we’ve all been put on this earth
together. As Mandela so poignantly reminds us, the
world can be a better place if we work together to
make it one.
5
If it were easy, everyone would be doing it
Difficulties break some men but make others.
No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a
sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the
hope that he will rise even in the end.
The things that are truly worth having in life are
usually the hardest to come by. It’s the people who
persevere and push through the difficulties who
ultimately accomplish what they set out to achieve.
6
Knowledge is power
Education is the most powerful weapon which
you can use to change the world.
Change can be met with resistance from people who
fear it. Or who don’t understand it. There are few
things more effective as an impetus for change than
knowledge — people can’t fight for something if they
don’t understand what they are fighting for.
7
You can do it
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
People are capable of so much more than they give
themselves credit for. So, whether it is while
struggling through an intense workout or mourning the
loss of a global icon, Mandela’s simple sentiment is a
refreshing, much needed reminder. You can do it.
Anyone can, as he reminds us: “Everyone can rise
above their circumstances and achieve success if
they are dedicated to and passionate about what they
do.”
8
Intelligence and kindness make you strong, not
weak
A good head and a good heart are always a
formidable combination.
How is it that, in today’s society, kindness and
compassion are often mistaken for weakness? And
that there are smart people who attempt to dumb
themselves down so as not to be branded “nerdy” or
“brainy?” As Mandela points out, being smart and
being kind make a person a force to be reckoned
with.
9
Color is irrelevant
Let the strivings of us all prove Martin Luther
King Jr. to have been correct, when he said
that humanity can no longer be tragically bound
to the starless midnight of racism and war. Let
the efforts of us all prove that he was not a
mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of
genuine brotherhood and peace being more
precious than diamonds or silver or gold. Let a
new age dawn.
Sadly, the starless midnight of racism still blankets
some crevices of the world. But in Mandela’s
immortal words, it’s time for the dawning of a new
age — one in which people remember that the same
frame of bones lies underneath every person’s skin,
no matter the color.
10
Love always wins
No one is born hating another person because
of the color of his skin or his background or
his religion. People must learn to hate, and if
they can learn to hate, they can be taught to
love, for love comes more naturally to the
human heart than its opposite.
Mandela could have chosen to become bitter after
being imprisoned for nearly three decades. Instead, he
rose above the din of anger to speak out about the
virtues and healing power of love. If simply hearing
those words doesn’t make your heart grow a little bit
bigger, we don’t know what will.

posted by Hari Krish

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