“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” ~ Nelson Mandela 1996 Hamba Kahle Tata
To one of the most exemplarly leaders this world has known: His life speaks for itself and to us all. I think I finally understood how great this was when we travelled abroad and even when you met people with whom you didn’t share a common language, the moment you said you were from South Africa, or that you lived there, the next exaltation that would follow would be “Mandela!!”.
I think I understood right then the impact this man had on humanity. May we celebrate his life, echoe & recapitulate his truths. This man was great.
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.