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Unless you live under a rock, you probably heard that Nelson Mandela passed away. Mandela made me realize that after a horrific life one can live a good life. And that’s one good thing I learned from him. Don’t let the evil that prevented you from living a decent life continue once you’re free of the evil. If you harbor bitterness once you’re free, it will hurt you more than the people who caused the evil. So he got on with his life once he was free, and it was a good one. And the same thing can happen with our lives, once we’re free we can lead a good life.
Nelson Mandela was a good man. I’m sure he wasn’t perfect, but who is? None of us. Certainly not me. He was able to free the black citizens of his country from continuing to live under an oppressive government. Blacks in Johannesburg lived in miserable conditions and were not allowed to even work with whites, unless they worked as servants. Mandela made life better for a lot of Johannesburg citizens, black and white. And after spending 27 years in jail, he came out of prison holding no grudges, and showed no bitterness toward those who tortured him. It takes a strong man to forgive those who made his life miserable. As I sit here typing this blog, I can tell you, I feel bitterness with all the garbage I have to put up with, but thinking of Mandela, who lived through really horrific things, I tell myself that if Mandela can forgive those who harmed him, I, too, can some day forgive my enemies, and get on with my life and live a good one. He’s an inspiration to me, and will continue to be for the rest of my life, however long it is.
So, good-bye, Nelson Mandela. We will miss your presence here on earth. But I’m sure you’re going to a better place. The angels already have the gates open for you. I can see you walking toward those gates, an angel at each gate, waiting for you. You’re walking along a long path, you’re ramrod straight, wearing a suit and looking very handsome, and you have a big smile on your face. You’re finally going to rest, Mandela. Good-bye, Nelson Mandela. Thanks for your wisdom.
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Oh, God, I’m so tired of the b.s. How does anyone survive this for years and years? They must be very strong people. I think of Mandela and wonder how he survived 27 years of torture. He had to work in the mines and put up with things worse than I’ve ever had to handle.
I think of Mandela and I’m awed by him. After spending 27 years of inhumane treatment by horrible people, he got his freedom and went on with his life.
He became President of South Africa and a spokesman for all the people all over the world who were victims of torture. And not once, not once, did Mandela complain about all his years of torture. He never really looked back. He continues to enjoy life and love his family.
Mandela, if you haven’t heard, is very sick. He’s 95-years-old now. It amazes me that he lived such a long life after all his years of torture. I doubt that if I had to endure the torture Mandela did that I’d still be around. Even now, with the harassment by the perps, I’m a weakling compare to Mandela. Mandela forgave those who tortured him. I can’t say that if I ever get out of this prison that I can forgive my harassers.
But Mandela forgave and he’s a better man for having done so. I’m trying to learn from Mandela on how to be more forgiving, because if I don’t forgive, it will be I who will really suffer. It will be I who will be bitter while all the perps carry on with their lives.
My wishes go out to Mandela that his health improves. There are very few men left who have his charisma. We can’t afford to lose a giant like him. A giant who forgave those who tried to take away his dignity. But that’s one thing they never did, take away his dignity. He lived a life of dignity and he’ll die in dignity.
Mandela, I send you my very best wishes. I know when you leave this earth, you’re definitely going to a better place. And thanks for being such a great influence in my life.
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