These are a few thoughts I was inspired to write on the day Nelson Mandela died.
December 5, 2013 – The universe lost one of it’s greatest citizens today. A man who dared to believe in something greater than himself; freedom and equality for all South Africans. Mandela serves as a beacon of hope for those of us that seek to make the world a better place. While not perfect, Mandela found a way to channel his energy toward dismantling the oppressive apartheid movement that held a tight grip on his homeland. He figured out how to fight evil with kindness, and turned his anger into a relentless drive to transform the nation.
Many generations will reap the benefit of Mandela’s efforts, and his sacrifices bore the fruit of racial harmony. Although he did not act alone in promoting the anti-apartheid movement, Mandela has become the global symbol for the movement’s success. If we remember nothing else about this civil rights giant, we must never forget his lesson in what can be achieved by dreaming big and remaining steadfast in the pursuit to make our dreams a reality.