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On 5th of December, world lost a man, whose story will give power, inspiration and example to the following generations like no other. He was born in 1918, and was given a name Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. The forename Rolihlahla means a “troublemaker” by Xhosa, a bantu-language. (There are many tribes in South-Africa that speak Xhosa, Mandela was born to the Thembu-tribe. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela) Nelson Mandela was called by his clan name, too. Madiba.
I read Madibas ‘Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, 1995’ in the summer 2012 as well as watched the movie ‘Invictus’ as well. Mandela’s example has had a strong influence in me. Here’s a short clip form that film:
“How to get them to be better than they think they can be? Inspiration? How do we inspire everyone around us? I sometimes think it is by using the work of others.
— In order to build our nation, we all need to exceed our own expectations.”
Madiba used a Victorian poem called ’Invictus’ to get him through the hard times, 27 years, in prison. That’s, as an example, what he means by using the work of others to inspire and help you to do yours. I could write page after page about how incredible, humble and exceptional man he was. But I won’t do it, because I feel there’s no need for that. Those, who know who he was and what he did, know it already. Those who are not familiar with him, I hope you’ll find out.
I have a strong feeling, that Madiba will inspire us, a long time. Remember, that actions speak louder than words!
Psssst: If you are unfamiliar to the lifework of this man, you can start to get to know him for example from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YTikApRTko
And from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKDrRdfvUg8
Written by: Minna