Archive for Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

Nelson Mandela’s comprehension and execution of “forgiveness,” changed his Nation and inspired the World!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2013 by sheriffali

Even in death, Nelson Mandela lives on, He looms from the Heavens above!

 

During Nelson Mandela’s trial he gave a speech rather than a testimony and he said;  “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities, it is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

 

Nelson Mandela, Prisoner number 46664, in July 1964, he was sent to Robben Island, five square miles of land floating just north of Cape Town. Robben Island had been the site of a colony for lepers, a lunatic asylum and a series of prisons. It was a place of exile, punishment and isolation, a place where people were sent and then forgotten.

 

Nelson Mandela didn’t only speak forgiveness, he lived it. Mandela said; “To go to prison because of your convictions, and be prepared to suffer for what you believe in, is something worthwhile. It is an achievement for a man to do his duty on earth irrespective of the consequences.”

The Poem that helped Nelson Mandela to “stand-up,” when all he wanted to do was “lie-down.”

 

Invictus

[Unconquerable]

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

By William Ernest Henley

 

Nelson R. Mandela;

July 18, 1918 – December 05, 2013 R.I.P.

NELSON MANDELA 07-18-18 12-05-13 -E