What a sad day for the world. As Barak Obama said in his tribute “We shall not see his like again” and I can do no better than to quote Bill Clinton’s tribute to Nelson Mandela:
“Nelson Mandela taught us so much about so many things. Perhaps the greatest lesson, especially for young people, is that, while bad things do happen to good people, we still have the freedom and responsibility to decide how to respond to injustice, cruelty and violence and how they will affect our spirits, hearts and minds.
In his 27 years of imprisonment, Mandela endured physical and emotional abuse, isolation and degradation. His trials purified his spirit and clarified his vision, giving him the strength to be a free man even behind bars, and to remain free of anger and hatred when he was at last released.
Mandela’s enduring legacy is that, under a crushing burden of oppression he saw through differences, discrimination and destruction to embrace our common humanity.
Thanks to his life and work, the rest of us are closer to embracing it to. “
He gave us such inspiration – one of Simon’s favourite quotes is “It always seems impossible until its done”
and mine “There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”
and finally the poem that inspired Nelson Mandela in his darkest days:
By William Ernest Henley 1849–1903 William Ernest Henley