I vividly remember the day Nelson Mandela was set
free and the rejoicing throughout South Africa. I also vividly remember
participating with excitement in the first democratic elections and the sense
of awe and hope that filled the air as all South Africans queued side by side
to cast their vote for the first time.
Nelson Mandela has achieved so much with grace, humility, love and compassion.
He worked tirelessly and selflessly for the benefit of all. He embodied
tolerance and forgiveness. His humanity is a gift to us all.
His actions and words are an inspiration to millions of people including
myself. I will take consolation and inspiration from these words as I reflect
on my accomplishments and shortcomings for this year and look to the year ahead
and what I want to achieve.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising
every time we fail.”
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life
that is less that the one you are capable of living.”