“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.”—Nelson Mandela
“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” Nelson, My Hero, Mandela
Two years ago, when visiting Robben Island in South Africa, I bought a replica of Nelson Mandela’s prison bracelet. Engraved with 46664, the number he was assigned during his 27 years of prison there, this bracelet that I wear nearly every day reminds me that no matter how it might look on the outside, there is always a greater story going on.
I loved Madiba. And I think of South Africa often whenever I get discouraged that things never change. Or wonder what I, one person from Kansas, can do to affect that change?
It wasn’t that long ago that ending apartheid in South Africa seemed impossible, much like it seems impossible to fix all the rifts on our planet today.
But during my lifetime, it went from impossible to possible. Almost overnight.
Which reminds me that holding a vision, which Mandela did during those long years of hard labor, is everything. And to never give up, never lose your sense of humor and never forget to dance.
Enjoy this tribute to the great man who will always dance in my heart.
Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.