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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacy: Lessons we can all Learn From Him

Even as we mourn the loss of one of the World's most inspiring man, we take solace in knowing Nelson Madiba Mandela leaves behind a permanent legacy of forgiveness and love. Below are a few lessons we can all learn from  the selfless actions and profound words of  the Nobel Prize Winner.

1 Giving up is not an option

The late Mandela cherished a democratic and free society in which all people can live together in peace and equality. It is an idea he hoped for, not only for the people if South Africa but the whole World. Madiba was even ready to die for this cause.

Nelson Mandela's 27 years in prison for fighting against the apartheid government must have been a taugh test on his faith. However, his determination triumphed and upon his release, he went on to become the country's first president through a democratic election. And, after one office term, he didn't contest his position and spent the remainder of his life tirelessly campaigning for peace, love and equality.

2 Our character is portrayed when we fail

A person should not be judged by his successes, but by how many times they fell down and risen again.

True to Mandela's words, when all is said and done-your character will not be measured by your success but how you responded to failure. Mandela had many challenges-divorcing two wives, some his children thought he was not the perfect father, facing political opposition from the Winny, his ex-wife. Madiba triumphed and the legacy is there for all to see

3 Diverse opinion is good for society development

Friends with independent minds tend to will make you see problems from all angles.

We can have different political views,  like different league football teams— and still be friends. And we will be better when we respect and see the merit in perspectives other than our own.

4 We're together in this

A concern for others in our individuality and community lives will make the world the better place we dreamt of.

Regardless of sex or age or color, the bottom line is we have all been put  on this earth together (by our creator). As Madiba so passionately reminded us, the world can be a much better place if we all work together to make it one.

5 Were it easy, all would be doing it

Difficult situation are meant to make a man strong but not to break him. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a failure who keeps on trying, one armed with faith and hope that he will rise again one day.

Worthy things in life are usually the hardest to achieve. It's the persevering and those who push through the difficult situations who ultimately accomplish their goals.

6 There's imense power in Knowledge

The most powerful weapon, to change the world, is education.

Change can be resisted by people who fear it. Or those who don't understand it. Knowledge is the tool for change - people won't fight for something if they don't understand it.

7 You can do it

It seems impossible until it is done.

Peoples' capability is much more than they credit themselves for. So, whether it is while struggling through the hectic life today or mourning the loss of a global icon Mandela is. Just remember: You can do it. Anyone can rise above the  curcumstances.

8 Love always triumph

No one is born hating another individual because of their skin color or his religion or his background. People always learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can learn to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than hate.

Mandela could have chosen to be bitter after being jailed for 27 years. Instead, he rose above the temptetation of anger to speak out about the healing power of love. If hearing those words doesn't grow your heart a little bit bigger, I don't know what will.

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