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Trying to Think More Like Nelson Mandela

Trying to Think More Like Nelson Mandela

By Susan Williams

On July 18th, the world celebrates Nelson Mandela day. It is an annual international day celebrated each year on Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

The intention of the day is to ask people to celebrate his life and act to change the world for the better.

I have always been inspired and in awe of Nelson Mandela and the astonishing legacy he has left us.

What has impressed me most about Nelson Mandela’s life was his almost god like ability to forgive. 

After being imprisoned for 27 years, Nelson Mandela did not leave his prison cell either bitter or seeking revenge against the people that placed him there. Instead he left with a burning desire to make Africa a better place for everyone to live – black and white.  

He was quoted as having said; “Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.”

As I reflect back on his life, I wonder what the world would be like if we all tried to copy Nelson Mandela’s level of forgiveness. 

What if each of us took the same philosophy that he demonstrated and lived and tried to think just a little more like him – not just today but everyday – what would happen?

Would we be able to forgive and rebuild relationships that we thought were lost forever? 

Would we be more empathetic and understanding of people?  

Would we possibly not be so quick to judge or criticize?

Nelson Mandela created a legacy of hope, love and forgiveness and has been an example for all of us as to what is actually possible. To honour what he has given the world, I was trying to find some way that I could carry forward his legacy.  

What I have decided to do is the next time I am faced with a challenging situation, I will ask myself ,

“What would Nelson Mandela do?”.  

Maybe in some small way by just even attempting to imitate some of the strength of character and humility that he shared with us, I might be able to continue to carry forward his legacy. 

And that might be the best way to celebrate and honour his memory.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.

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