And finally, Nelson Madiba Mandela goes to a place of ETERNAL PEACE and REST….where great and exceptional men/women go to after doing so much to bless other people…after sacrificing their own well being and comfort to create a good life for their fellow human beings…. after giving priority to their community, state and nation over their own preferences….after living a life of service to mankind and God almighty…and after living a life that gives a true definition of what true leadership is all about.
No doubt, Madiba lived a fulfilled life. His life was a source of inspiration to millions across the world. His shoes are too big for anyone to fill. His achievements are very uncommon, especially in this days when leadership is all about ME, MYSELF AND I. Even at 95, people, including my humble self, still wanted him to live on. The truth is that there is never a ripe age to lose a loved one, especially someone of Madiba’s stature. But….
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
– Eccle 3:1-2
Farewell, Mandela. I grew up knowing you. I grew up learning about your service to mankind and to God. I grew up learning about your sacrifice for your people and humanity. Its really amazing to know that you spent 27 years in jail just to prove that….
“I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done,
but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought,
because of my conscience.” (1962)
Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.”
– August – 1970
You also gave this food for thought for us all, especially leaders at all levels across the world….
Living isn’t just about doing for yourself, but what you do for others as well.
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.”
Painfully, I have to say farewell Madiba. May your soul continually rest peacefully in the presence of the most high God. May He also give your family and loved ones, the heart to bear this huge loss. I only hope that your life and the reactions to your death will serve as a strong food for thought for leaders across the world, and indeed everyone.
Adieu….farewell…rest in peace….Madiba.