Nelson Mandela Day: #BeTheChange #MakeTheChange
Change is all around us. Change is inevitable.
As we celebrate Nelson Mandela's legacy 100 years after his birth, let's reflect on how we can make a positive change.
Nelson Mandela was an extraordinary human being who lived an extraordinary life, a life full of purpose. The world recognises him as one of the greatest men who ever lived. It is fair to say that his memory will live on for many years to come because of the impact he made on the world in his lifetime.
For many South Africans during and after the apartheid era, he was a symbol of hope. He represented a brighter tomorrow, a pillar of strength. Not only that, he became an integral tool of reconciliation between those who were the oppressed and those who were the oppressors.
Most of us have read books and watched movies about the life of this famous icon, and we can all agree that he was the world’s hero, someone to look up to.
So what made Nelson Mandela such a hero? What was his mindset? What values did he live by?
Nelson Mandela taught us invaluable lessons on leadership.
Leadership isn’t about the title you are given by your organisation. It is an inherent quality that you possess, it is something that is at the core of your being. What many are yet to learn is that leadership comes with sacrifices. Sacrifices which could ultimately mean a loss of one’s life for the cause in which they are driving.
In a world where there are so many things that can discourage us - Nelson Mandela showed us how to be courageous even under daunting circumstances: Do not give up. Stand tall and bold.
If in all that we do there is no love, then all that we do is done in vain. Love encompasses all our efforts. Love shares, love gives, and love forgives. Always show compassion – not only in words but in your actions too.
As we commemorate Nelson Mandela's legacy, let’s remember the high values he lived by and stood for. When you look at South Africa today, you will understand that all his efforts were but a tiny seed in a forest. There is so much yet to be done. Each and every one of us has an opportunity to be their own version of a Mandela in our generation.
How do you begin to do this? Is this even possible?
Set your life on a cause. Be the change you want to see in your generation and make that change. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “It only seems impossible until it is done”.