"When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace…" ~Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, the former South African president after spending about two decades in prison, spoke those words at the end of his presidency over the country he sacrificed much of his life for. Since his death earlier this week, those words are more meaningful than ever.
Nelson Mandela is a legend. He’s a legend not just for what he did for his fellow South Africans – his work to end apartheid and make the country a better place but for his vision and endeavor to make the world a place where all races and creed can live in peace and harmony with each other.
The ideals Mr. Mandela espoused and his conviction to see them realized came with great personal sacrifice and pain to those closest to him. Yet he understood what was at stake. He wasn’t willing to live with the alternative. He marched on. He fought and sacrificed his freedom for the freedom of his people and a world that's much better than the one he was born in.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
He was determined to make his dent in the world… And that he did. Mr. Mandela is inspiration to me as he is for many people across the world. His legacy lives on through the lives that he touched.
So today I ask you, what legacy will you leave for your people and the world?
Will the world, your community, be better place because you lived?
Have you counted the cost?
Make no mistake about it. Anything worthwhile you desire to achieve requires sacrifice. Nelson Mandela lived this principle. You have to give up to go.
RIP Nelson Mandela! Your legacy lives on…