|The Baobab tree best symbolises Nelson Mandela: strength, nourishment,|
staying power, a vessel of wisdom with age.
I will say though, I am a little shocked that I haven't quoted him more often, not even in the Amashiwi section! And I seem to only mention him in relation to others in blog posts. Which actually shows exactly what he would keep communicating: that your life is only worth its weight in salt if it has impact on others, if it is measured in relation to others. I am still ashamed that I haven't dedicated more posts to him in the past...Well there is a whole future to reflect on him in so not to worry.
Quotes that resonate with me at this point in time in my life:
What counts is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made in the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will come up even in the end.
I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.
It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.
You sharpen your ideas by reducing yourself to the level of the people you are with and a sense of humour and a complete relaxation, even when you're discussing serious things, does help mobilise friends around you. And I love that.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
I have learnt that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
For to be free is not to merely cast off one's chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Lead from the back - let other's believe they are in front.
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
It always seems impossible, until it is done.
MbA posts with Rolihlahla inspiration:
Nelson Mandela: Paradigm of Legacy to Follow
My Recent Bout of that Icky Nervous Condition...
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