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Nelson Mandela: Hatred is a disease called prison

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With the passing of Nelson Mandela, there is a hole or a void where he once stood that is begging for another man with a heart of peace, love and enlightenment. Mandela knew that hatred was a cancer that robbed a person of life and freedom.

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.

A man can't walk this earth and not rub someone the wrong way. Friendships will be tested, family will let a person down when he needs them most and people you thought you knew will past by without stopping in your hour of need. For these reasons and more, bitterness and hatred will grow in the heart like unstoppable cancer.

There is nothing in the natural world that cure a heart filled with hatred, except forgiveness. A person will never be fully well physically as long as he holds the blackness of bitterness within his soul.

The emotions that live in the heart can poison the mind and the body, killing them a little every day. It isn't easy letting go of hate and bitterness, but it can and should be done. The people who caused the hate to grow inside of you can't feel the sickness of your hate, but you can. Once you let it all go, you can go free and enjoy good health. You can sleep again. You can live through the day without giving others the power to make you feel sick.

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