Nelson Mandela - Greatness Personified


"There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." This is one of my favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013).  He did not hide his light under a bushel; even when he was in a prison cell, his words and his strength inspired the world.  The thought that lingers in my mind when I think of Nelson Mandela is that he left this world so much better than he found it.  He had a powerful, positive impact while he was alive and will continue to inspire millions for years to come.  "When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace." Nelson Mandela.  Sleep in perfect peace Mr. Mandela.

We all have a finite time on this earth.   Consequently, that window of your life should offer a glimpse of love, faith, action, service, gratitude, activism, and other qualities that only you can bring to the table.  Is your family better because you are a part of it?  Is your presence felt in your community and is it a stronger unit because of your contributions? Is your light shining brightly or is it covered under fear and insecurity.  Today is a great day to start living more boldly.  Identify one way that you can step out of the shadows at home, at work or in your community and take a small step towards your greatness.

We will not forget you, we will not dishonor you, we will remember and be glad that you lived among us, that you taught us, and that you loved us all.
— Dr. Maya Angelou