Today is Nelson Mandela Day, a day to celebrate a man who has shown us that if we believe in something, then we have to fight for it and to always know that we can change the world for better.
Mandela Day “is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact.
The Mandela Day campaign message is:
- “Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.”
- “We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity.”
To mark the day, I have put together these quotes from Tata. Hope you learn from it.
- Demand respect: You must fight the battle for dignity on the very first day you go to jail. and that’s what we did. We put our foot down and insisted on being respected. Even though we were prisoners and we finally succeeded.
- Prove them wrong: He once had a conversation where a lady challenged him by saying he will never pass the University entry examination, the Matric. Well I guess we all know how that turned out.
- Use your time wisely: “I hated oppression, and when I think of what they did in the past, I feel angry. You have a limited time to stay on earth, you must try to use that period for the purpose of transforming your country into what you desire it to be.”
- Don’t worry about labels: We do not care if the cat is black or white as long as it can catch mice.
- Be Humble: First thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself and one of the most important weapons in changing yourself is to recognize that everyone in the world wants peace. But, humility is one of the most important quality, because if you are humble, if you make people realize that you are no friend to them then people will embrace you.
- Have Heroes: It is not a question of a leader, but a question of a human being who does something to make an ordinary individual to feel I am a human being, I have a future and I can go to bed with a feeling full of hope.
- Take a Stand: Just because it is the norm to hate or like something doesn’t mean we have to do it. Mandela was talking in reference to Fidel Castro, Yasserr Arafat, and colonel Gaddafi supporting the anti-apartheid struggle.
- Manage your emotions: In the face of a crises look at the bigger picture and listen to your brain not your heart to profer a solution.
- Be willing to die for your cause:
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
― Nelson Mandela
Speak with conviction: For any person who changes his principles depending on who he is dealing, that is not a man who can lead a nation.
We miss you Tata.