Thank you Nelson Mandela
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what
difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the
significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela
“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its
manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and
will do so until the end of my days.”
On July 18, 2007, Mandela convened a group of world leaders, including Graca Machel (whom Mandela would wed in 1998), Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Jimmy Carter, Li Zhaoxing, Mary Robinson and Muhammad Yunus,
to address the world’s toughest issues. Named “The Elders,” the group
is committed to working both publicly and privately to find solutions to
problems around the globe. Since its inception, the group has made an
impact in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, promoting peace and women’s
equality, demanding an end to atrocities, and supporting initiatives to
address humanitarian crises and promote democracy.
Some men show us one voice can change the world. Nelson Mandela showed us the ways to peaceful solution and care/kindness for his people and the world. His voice will be missed. He was the calm and peaceful voice in a world of chaos. Thank you Nelson Mandela. Thank you for what you stood for and what you taught the wise folks who listen.