Thursday, December 5, 2013

365 Inspirations—339: Nelson Mandela

"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."—Nelson Mandela

The day before yesterday, I put this quote on my blog post. I used it on a post about my students at the community college where I teach. They inspired me in class with their projects and the quote fit the inspiration that I felt.  As soon as I found it, I began to reflect on Nelson Mandela and his life.

Little did I know that two days later he'd be gone.

I don't know if it was just a coincidence that I found the quote, but I'd like to think that I was meant to find it and to honor this amazing person in my own way before his physical body left this world.

I'm happy I was able to do that.

The quote is so powerful. It is asking that people STAND UP and live the life they are capable of living. These words are from the mouth of a great man who did just that and asks that we do the same.

Nelson Mandela gave his life as a revolutionary against apartheid. He spent 27 years in prison before becoming the president of South Africa.

He didn't give up, he didn't surrender, he was a peaceful warrior who just kept standing up for what he believed in.

I often think about how great our world would be if every single one of us could do the same. If every one of us would stand up and live the life we are capable of instead of settling for a life that does not suit us.

I'm not saying that we all need to become freedom fighters or do what Nelson Mandela did. I just think we should not give up what calls us.

Fear is a big one that gets in the way of being all that we can be. Lack of confidence and belief in oneself is another one.

Nelson Madela's life inspires me to STAND UP and not be afraid. To live my life fully and not be concerned about what others may say about it—to have the confidence to follow my dreams and beliefs.

I'm so happy to have walked on this earth at the same time as this humble, gentle, yet strong, unyielding soul. The world lost a LIGHT today. I'm lighting a candle in his honor tonight to carry on that light.

How did Nelson Mandela inspire you?

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