I didn’t know Mandela had died until I read the tributes to him this morning. Just reading how much he was respected and loved says everything. Total homage to him.
He was dearly loved, and is an inspiration to us all.
That’s an important point, too.
Mandela Continues in Us
If we value Mandela’s impact on the world, the best thing we can do is
“to try and adopt his good qualities as your own. If everyone who loves him took on even a fraction of Madiba’s qualities, the world would transform overnight.“
~ from Kadampa Life, “I am the master of my fate” ~ a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
As the Idealistic Rebel says:
“We need to pick up his words and ideals and carry on for him.
If all of us who believe in peace and freedom do one extra act of peace in his memory, he will never be forgotten.“
Maybe the answer to this question lies in Mandela’s
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
After all, it is within all our capabilities to develop these, don’t you think…?
Our Deepest Fear
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, 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 are all meant to shine,
As children do.
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’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
By Marianne Williamson
(often mis-attributed to Mandela, but I’m glad he made it famous.)
I like that they’re smiling and singing in celebration of his life,
rather than sad and mourning his death.
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