Today I am saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela and thinking of the people of South Africa and all who were touched by Nelson Mandela during his lifetime.

On July 18th, his birthday and ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’, my family was in South Africa.  We joined people all over the world in doing 67 minutes of community service in honor of the 67 years Madiba devoted to service as a human rights lawyer, peacemaker, president, and example to us all.  Not only was this an incredible experience, but it also resulted in me more fully understanding the impact Madiba has had on the country of South Africa.

May his life be a reminder to all of us that one person can make a difference in the world.  I hope he will always be a reminder to me to respect others, forgive, be kind, and work to make things right.

His words inspired many people, and I thought I’d share a few of his words I’ve come across and try to keep in mind when deciding how to live my life:

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

“If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man.”

Rest in peace, Madiba.

 

2 Responses to “It always seems impossible until it’s done”

  1. Amy says:

    So great that you were there to experience this. I am also sad by this news. What a powerful man who used his power to make good things happen. We need more like him.
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    • Gina says:

      It was a great experience I’ll never forget. I would love to go back to South Africa again someday. Would be really amazing to go and run the Comrades Marathon!

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