“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended. – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela has had to walk a long walk to freedom!
That freedom has been one most expensive price ever paid. Imprisoned from when he was 46 years old and for 27 long years, his spirit was bruised in every way possible but never crushed.
This is a bounce back story like no other. The choices we make after the experience determines how fast we move on or if we stagnate.
“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.”
- Nelson Mandela
Reading a few of his letters to his then wife, Winnie, you would not fail to feel that he was human aferall. Wanting to raise a family, protect his wife, provide for them and be all he could be You could never imagine that his life took such a trajectory that humanly possible a man’s spirit would break under the sheer weight of.human oppression.
How did he do it?
Hear one way here:
“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.” Nelson Mandela
Changing the world begins with changing ourselves.
Bouncing back is really a transformation, in other words!
So, we have to release personal pain in order to go forward!
I remember when I had to forgive my only surviving parent for not attending my wedding. It was a journey and forgiveness is a journey of transformation that has really changed my life. This can happen when we chose to allow the pain to be recycled into purpose. Nelson Mandela, highlights this:
“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”
We can all learn from this great man.
You can bounce back from your own setbacks, failures and adversities!
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