Reflections on Nelson Mandela – 1

politician-150383_640Nelson Mandela is no longer with us. As President Obama said last night, “He now belongs to the ages.” Even though we knew his death was imminent, how can we ever grasp it’s impact on our nation and our world? We in South Africa will always remember that highly vulnerable and volatile moment after his release, when our nation was poised on the edge of a violent, vengeful, and destructive path of transition, how through his sheer forgiving and reconciliatory presence, he moved us in to a new future of peace and reconciliation. With what words do we thank and pay tribute to him for such an act of immense statesmanship and graciousness. There are none, only a deep and grateful silence. Thank you, thank you Nelson Mandela for your life and for leading us through the most dangerous moment in our nation’s history. May your legacy continue to embed itself in us all.

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About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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17 Responses to Reflections on Nelson Mandela – 1

  1. eleonore mosimann says:

    Can’t wait to see the movie they made about his life, it’s out in two weeks in France 😉 xx

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  2. There are many things to remember this wise man for: his constancy, his love of country and its people; his forgiveness and spirit of reconciliation; his quiet assurance and graciousness; and his statesmanship. No other comes close, though the nearest is probably President Obama.
    Mandela was a man for all nations. How I wish other leaders would emulate him.

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  3. Don says:

    As you say Linda. Can you imagine what this world would become if other leaders emulated him. Can you imagine.

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  4. Kathy Marsden says:

    I watched the movie this week. As dates appeared on the screen, I kept asking myself, ‘Where was I? What was I doing then?’ In years to come I shall remember that I woke to the news of his death on this day, so blessed to have lived in his time. You are so right, Don, there are no words, just deep, deep gratitude for the gift of his life. Rest well, Dr Mandela.

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  5. tomsimard says:

    Well said, Don.
    The moment of his release and that beautiful speech he delivered remains vivid all these years later.

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  6. darrelhoff says:

    Like you said. words don’t seem enough right now. He has done a lot more than the average person realizes…

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  7. josna says:

    Feeling deep gratitude and love for the life of such a statesman. May he continue to inspire and set and example for generations to come. And may South Africa hold fast to his vision. Condolences to you and your country, Don, the whole world shares in your sorrow and remembrance.

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  8. Thank you, Don. Beautiful, poignant, and a touching reminder of the deep and grateful silence.

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  9. Shweta says:

    Govt. has declared a five day mourning here…He was a giant among men.A great inspiration! Rest in peace Madiba…

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  10. He was indeed a beautiful man, inside and out and an example to us all inspiring each and every one of us to live our lives as well as we can.

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