When I was growing up I like so many others wore the t-shirts saying, Free Nelson Mandela and protested against the injustice of apartheid. He became part of the British psyche to the extent that Del and Rodney Trotter from Only Fools and Horses lived in Nelson Mandela House in Peckham. Through all of that, if I am being honest, I never believed he would be released or that apartheid would end.
However, the moment of Nelson Mandela’s release is etched on my memory. He was “late” leaving the prison, there was a moment when I and indeed others no doubt thought, they have changed their minds! But the reason he was late was because he wanted to take the opportunity to say goodbye to his captors, he wanted to have that moment with them to thank them.
He showed by his words and actions that forgiveness is possible. That forgiveness does not mean forgetting what happened, forgetting the actions taken against you but forgiveness does mean freeing your life and energy to achieve what you want. Not to be held back by poisonous thoughts and deeds, to give yourself the beautiful gift of freedom that only you can achieve.
Last night was the premiere of the film, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, depicting his life story, two of his daughters were present. My heart went out to them because before the film they were apparently told that his health was fading. Then after the film they were told of his death, you have to admire how they found the strength to watch the movie knowing that the end was so close for him.
Madiba will live on not only through his family, his friends, his countrymen but through the legacy he left to the world. In the attached video, which shows clips from some of his speeches and quotations, it comes through loud and clear that this was a man who was and is a testament to the power of self transformation.
Video Mandela: his most powerful speeches http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nelson-mandela/article10139739.ece#ooid=pvcnlyYzrIlf_NJC3dY1pbvRXhnhBBez
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