One of the great men of all time was born 100 years ago yesterday: Nelson Mandela. He endured through many challenges and struggles, yet never gave up, never gave up hope and always tried to do the best for everyone involved. He’s a great example of what’s possible when you do your best, be your best, and lead regardless of the challenges in your past. So today I thought we’d honor his life by taking a look at some of the great wisdom he shared.
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
“Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.”
“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 talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
“Even if you have a terminal disease, you don’t have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.”
“People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that’s how they’ll react. But if you say, ‘We want peace, we want stability,’ we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society.”
I want to close with an invitation for you to read what other people had to say about the great man. The words they chose to honor this man reveals yet again what a distinguished, caring and exceptional man he was. How has Nelson Mandela touched you?