Nelson Mandela was an inspiration. He lived his life within the beautiful balance between his heart and mind. Living as an intellectually compassionate man, we witnessed his choices and actions that were in the interest of the highest good for everyone, not simply for himself or a few "chosen ones".
In his passing, we have lost an individual who was willing to lead all of us, not just his citizenry, back to humanity; back to our sense of global community.
In his passing, we have lost the quintessential example of what so many of us long to see in a leader.
Let the following quotes from Mandela be of inspiration for you to do what you can, right where you are:
1. "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."
2. "I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles."
3. "There is no passion to be found in playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
4. "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
5. "A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world a better place we so passionately dreamt of."
6. "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
7. "I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death."
8. "It always seems impossible until it is done."
9. "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
10. "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
11. "One of the most difficult things is not to change society - but to change yourself."
12. “I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.”
13. "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."