THE MAN WHO PUT A SMILE ON THE FACE OF THE HUMAN RACE
Nelson Mandela was a man who personified the best of what being human is. We all see injustice around us and some of feel unable to do anything about it. The problem is too big and the influence or abilities we have are too small. We have a sense of overwhelm and we sadly walk away feeling impotent and inept.
Some get angry with the way that things are and are willing to take up arms to put right the wrong that the injustice has caused. We meet with like-minded people and the violence that ensues despite our original intentions merely creates more injustice, more grievances, more desperation, more killing and hatred, the very thing we wanted to end.
Mandela was a man who believed in a peaceful struggle and yet when that peaceful struggle merely got those who protested unarmed at Sharpeville shot, he considered the alternative. He went for guerrilla warfare training in Algeria and yet he returned to South Africa without completing it, choosing to disrupt rather than destroy the apartheid regime which he opposed.
His acts of disruption led to imprisonment in Robben Island. Yet, he used the free time he had incarcerated there to read and think not only about what to say to encourage those who continued with the struggle; but also how, should he be released, he could be most effective in bringing about the outcome he desired.
A peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy was brought about by a landslide victory for the ANC and the “truth and reconciliation commission” which looked into human rights abuses in a civilised and honourable way for all involved. It is a miracle that this peaceful transition is now a part of historical fact.
When his life came to peaceful end I looked around the world with sadness, because on the face of it there was no-one like him, of the same stature. The leaders we have whether political, spiritual or otherwise are pygmies against the achievements of this giant. He was in a league of his own and yet … the world stage awaits the arrival of others like him who is willing to step forward.
The question has to be asked, is it you? Oh but Andrew, I’m a no-one, I have no influence, I wasn’t born a prince or a princess like Mandiba was. I am not politically motivated, politics doesn’t interest me, and the current crop has put me off the subject forever. And yet dear friend maybe what we need isn’t one major figure bringing a smile to the face of the human race?
Maybe instead we need a world full of people willing to think:
I may not be able to do much, but what I can do I will do!
I may not have any political influence, but I can lead by example!
I may not be able to affect the destiny of a nation, but I will forgive those who have wronged me!
I may not be grieved by the world at my passing, but I am determined to put a smile on the face of all those I meet and to be the best person that I can be, no more excuses!
Rest in peace Nelson you are an example to follow, the world has darkened for a moment at your passing but we intend to become torch-bearers to re-ignite light and love into this world, because we are beginning to realise what and who we are!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve
the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so
that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were
born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated
from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates
others!” – —Marianne Williamson
Love and light to you from Andrew <3
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