Nelson Mandela

12/06/2013

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela leave hatred behind

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
~ Written by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Nelson_MandelaBorn in the village of Mvezo in Umtatu, then a part of South Africa’s Cape Province on July 18th, 1918, Nelson Rolihlahia Mandela died of a lung infection on December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg surrounded by his family. He was 95 years of age.

His death was announced by the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. On December 6th President Zuma announced a national mourning period of ten days, with the main event being an official memorial service to be held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on the 10th of December 2013.

Within South Africa, Mandela was widely considered to be “the father of the nation”, and “the founding father of democracy”, being seen as “the national liberator, the saviour, its Washington and Lincoln rolled into one”. In 2004, Johannesburg granted Mandela the freedom of the city, and the Sandton Square shopping centre was renamed Nelson Mandela Square, after a Mandela statue was installed there. In 2008, another Mandela statue was unveiled at Groot Drakenstein Correctional Centre, formerly Victor Verster Prison, near Cape Town, standing on the spot where Mandela was released from the prison.

He has also received international acclaim. In 1993, he received the joint Nobel Peace Prize with Frederik Willem de Klerk “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”. In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Mandela’s birthday, July 18, as “Mandela Day”, marking his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle. It called on individuals to donate 67 minutes to doing something for others, commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement.

mandela-povertyAwarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Order of Canada, he was the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen. The last recipient of the Soviet Union’s Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union, and first recipient of the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights, in 1990 he received the Bharat Ratna Award from the government of India and in 1992 received Pakistan’s Nishan-e-Pakistan. In 1992 he was awarded the Atatürk Peace Award by Turkey. He refused the award, citing human rights violations committed by Turkey at the time but later accepted the award in 1999. Elizabeth II awarded him the Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St. John and the Order of Merit.

Across the world, Mandela came to be seen as “a moral authority” with a great “concern for truth”. Considered friendly and welcoming, Mandela exhibited a “relaxed charm” when talking to others, including his opponents. Although often befriending millionaires and dignitaries, he enjoyed talking with their staff when at official functions. In later life, he was known for looking for the best in everyone, even defending political opponents to his allies, though some thought him too trusting of others.

In late 1996 when Mandela was asked by friends if he was religious, Mandela explained he was a Methodist but he felt at ease in any house of prayer.

Source: Wikipedia

With love and respect, I dedicate today’s post to Mr. Mandela who has deeply inspired me throughout my life, as well as countless others around the world. He will always be remembered and will live on forever in our hearts. ~Gina

44 responses to Nelson Mandela

  1. 

    A fitting tribute to a wonderful leader who did much to unite South Africa… and bring awareness to the rest of the world
    Thank you
    Blessings Sue

  2. 

    Indeed.
    Love & Light, S

  3. 

    A beautiful tribute my friend!

  4. 

    A beautiful and inspirational spirit writes a great tribute to a beautiful and inspirational spirit. Well done, my friend!

  5. 

    Great post.Nelson Mandela accomplished in his life time what many leaders failed to do for centuries.He brough peace,reconciliation and forgiveness .jalal

  6. 

    Dearest Gina,
    I know the legacy of such a great man lives on when people like yourself continue to shine peace and love in the world today. May we all carry on Mr Nelson Mandela’s lifetime work with renewed courage and dedication to light up this world. Sharon

    • 

      Dear sweet Sharon,
      Your writing talent continues here in this lovely comment. Yes, let us all carry on his life’s work as we shine peace and love into the world with renewed courage! That is so well put. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting, dear heart. Hugs, Gina

  7. 

    Great post – Thank you. A wonderful, wonderful human being.

  8. 

    I have been thinking about Nelson Mandela all day. Thank you for sharing some of his inspiring words, a beautiful picture that reflects the warmth and love that he used as some his most powerful tools of change and your own beautiful words.

  9. 

    Gina,
    Thank for this beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. Nelson Mandela epitomizes the energy of forgiveness and the power of that act. Hope you’re doing well. I’ve missed you!
    Cathy

    • 

      Hello Cathy! Yes I’ve missed my regular visits to your amazing site and look forward to catching up. What can I say? Life sometimes gets in the way as I work on maintaining balance. You are always in my heart, my friend. Hope you are well! Thanks for your kind support.
      Hugs, Gina

  10. 

    A beautiful and moving tribute to a great man. Thanks Gina.
    Lucy 🙂

  11. 

    Hello Gina,

    This is a wonderful tribute to Mandela, backed by great quotes by the man himself. He’s surely inspired many. As an African, I wish our current leaders will emulate him for he’s the epitomy of a leader; one who will lay his life for his friends. May his soul rest in peace.

    • 

      Hello dear Uzoma,
      Thank you kindly for these supportive words about my tribute post for Nelson Mandela. He was an amazing person, one that leaders around the world would do well to learn from. May his soul rest in peace.
      Blessings, Gina

  12. 

    Reblogged this on Living Lightly and commented:
    i know it’s been said many times over the past few days, but I thought this was one of the nicest tributes to a man who led by example to change the world. Thank you, Mr. Mandela.

  13. 

    Wonderful tribute to this exceptional man. Thank you!

  14. 

    Beautiful, Gina. Just like you. Hugs! Jamie

  15. 

    You’re tribute to Nelson Mandela is one of the most beautiful and thoughtful we’ve seen yet. A man who gave so much, who took so little…a heartbreaking and thought provoking life he lived, yet he turned all the negatives into positives. Peace and blessings ~ Tresors De Luxe http://www.tresorsdeluxe.com

  16. 

    This post is a beautiful tribute to a great man.
    Well chosen quotes with photoes and the Mary Elizabath Frye quote perfect.

    • 

      Thank you so much Jack. I appreciate you commenting on the special poem which I felt was perfect for my tribute to this amazing human being who will always live on in our hearts.

  17. 

    thanks for the follow!