The world recently lost a strong, brave and loving soul this week. In his lifetime, Nelson Mandela was the catalyst that completely changed the way we saw the African people and reminded all of us of how we are supposed to treat each other – with dignity, respect and forgiveness. In recent decades, we’ve seen just the opposite happening around us, unfortunately, despite the lesson that he tried to teach to his people and the world in general. His recent passing once again brought forth the words of wisdom that we heard back when he was finally released from prison and the horrors of apartheid eventually dispelled. He walked out into the world with words of forgiveness on his lips and a smile straight from the heart that even his jailers could not dim.
He spoke of love and hate and how both are learned, but only one can prevail if the world is to go on as a better place, or at least with a better people. We saw him lead his country into the light of freedom and give the people the ability to work with each other with trust and respect, rather than hate and fear. As another famous person from our own US history once said, the only thing to fear, is fear itself. Nelson Mandela showed us all that once we let go of that fear and take a step towards each other in trust, amazing things can happen.
As we go forward into our workweek, let us try to remember to work with each other in trust, dignity and friendship. There’s no telling how much more we can accomplish if we treat each other with dignity, respect, and love.