Life Lessons, Parenting

Nelson Mandela

I don’t believe in superheroes.

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I don’t believe that men can be perfect; that people are either good or evil.

I don’t believe in pedestals or martyrdom.

I don’t believe in any of that.

But I believed in Mandela.

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I believe in the things he stood for and I stand in awe of the things he did and the sacrifices he made.

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His life affected mine to the core of my fundamental beliefs.

His words hang around my office. His deeds made me want to be a better person.

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He affected the way I travel, raise my kids and live my life.

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I feel fortunate to have visited his South Africa twice, to have met his friends and family,  to have had conversations about his life and work with my childrenDSC_0073

and to have watched them grow to believe in him too.

IMG_7783I don’t believe in superheroes but there is no question that the world is better because Nelson Mandela was here.

I feel so grateful to have shared the planet with him.

He is an example of the good we can do.

 

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