Monday, 18 July 2011

Nelson Mandela "And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." Nelson Mandela.
Times Magazine called him man of the year in 1993. The man is Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, a hero and a champion for thousands of people in this world. He is highly regarded by many people who look up to him as  model, as the ideal for what they one day hope to become. No one who has met Mandela can fail to be moved by his aura of principle, courage and stubborn optimism. This is what the inspired many have to say about him.

remember, at his 90th, today at 94, he still awakes early each day to face a world full of challenges. He could easily retreat into himself and choose not to help others, instead, he ventures out and does all he can to help and educate those around him.

African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie raise fists upon his release from Victor Verster prison, 11 February 1990 in Paarl. After the banning of the ANC in 1960, Nelson Mandela argued for the setting up of a military wing within the ANC. On June 12, 1964, eight of the accused, including Mandela, were sentenced to life imprisonment. Nelson Mandela was released 11 February 1990. AFP PHOTO ALEXANDER JOE

Mandela , intensely reserved and self-contained, disguises his emotional scars, but this is a man who has buried three of his six children, and one of his three wives. His 27 years behind bars, preceded by almost two decades of under ground struggle and resisitance, effectively destroyed his family.

After he stepped down as president, his son Makgatho, died of an Aids-related condition. Mandela turned this personal tragedy into a blow against the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS. He challenged  a deeply ingrained taboo by openly telling the world the cause of his son's death.

In tones of repressed sorrow, he said: " It gives a very bad reflection of members of a family if they do not come out bravely and say " A member of my family has died off AIDS." 

By his acceptance, he has taught us not to hide behind a facade. What a hero!

I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.~ Nelson Mandela- Speech on the day of his release, Cape Town (11 February 1990)

No one would deny his contribution to the world. Yet, the demands on his time remain unrelenting. some of this is self-generated. In retirement, he has established three charitable foundations and made good use of his unrivaled ability.

Oprah Winfrey once said: " What is so so special is that you spend 27 years in prisson, you come out and you do the thing that everyone thought was impossible to do, become president of the nation and change the way people feel about Africa ... I just don't know anybody who deserves this more, or any body who we should be gathered around literally at his feet to say thank for all that he has given the world."

Thompson, an actress said: Nelson's sacrifice is a constant inspiration to me, when i am being paid 5 million pounds for dressing up and pretending to be someone else."

Happy birthday to you,

Happy birthday to you,

Happy birthday dear Tata,

Happy birthday to you.
We love you Tata
We love you Tata
We love you Tata
We love you Tata
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela. Ha hona ya tshwanang le wena (there's no one like you).
Ha hona ya tshwanang le wena, ha hona ya tshwanang le wena.
Yeep yeep!

He shows the world there is more to autism than once thought. He shows the world for every single thing  you cannot do, there is something else you can do. He teaches acceptance through his words:
"The world remains beset by so much human suffering, poverty and deprivation. It is in your hands to make our world better, especially the poor, vulnerable and marginalized. It is now in the hands of your generations to help rid the world of such suffering."

 Date of Birth: July 18, 1918 

Nelson Mandela, Born in the Land of the Sun