Today South Africa awoke to the news that Nelson Mandela is finally at peace.


Today I awoke feeling nauseas for the 3rd day in a row and in true dramatic, post chemo-feeling-sorry-for-myself-style, for a split second I was envious of that peace.  But then Pete brought me some ginger tea and I felt I could possibly make it through another day…it’s the small things… 😉


So today I would like to share some Mandela quotes and quietly remember not only the icon but a man who will be missed most, by his family and friends…


“I am confident that nobody… will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends and also with myself.”


“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”


I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


 “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.”


“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”


“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”


“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”


“It always seems impossible until its done.”


“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”





4 thoughts on “Mandela

  1. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” Nelson Mandela

    Keep on climbing, some are speed bumps, some are hills and some are mountains – but regardless of the magnitude together we will conquer them all. xxx

    “I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh.
    “There there,” said Piglet. “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.” A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)


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