Dare to be like another iconic Mandela

2015-07-23 06:01
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The beauty of a dream is that small things should not distract it.

Here’s something I’d like to know. Why is Mandela so honoured? What’s so special about him? Even his date of birth is honoured: Mandela Day.

Why? He’s human like you and me. And yet we are not been honoured like him. Our dates of birth mean nothing to some people. No songs are sung about us. We are just ordinary people. What did he do to make him so special?

From the tidbits I got about him. At a gathering as a young man he once showed a gun under his belt. Was he a show off? According to the writer, it appeared as if he was. But he was not.

He was courageous. If only you knew the situation those days. And how vicious the regime was. You’d understand the act. “I’m in the struggle. Are you?” It would mean something like that.

And then he was arrested and sentenced to Robben Island. What did we expect him to come out as such? When he went to prison he was young and militant. How would he be when he comes out? Would he be bitter? Would he want revenge? The beauty of a dream is that small things should not distract it. Jail may not be small. But to a dream it is. Criticism may be big. We are criticized every day. We are told our dreams are useless. But to a dream criticisms are small. What I am trying to say after his release Mandela continued to pursue his dream.

He wore a Springbok jersey. That was a tipping point. The country came together. That is what I was thinking about on this Mandela Day. I was thinking; what makes him tick? I think the answer lies in what he said, “It is not a question of a leader. It is a question of a person who does something.” No one dare say I want to be like Mandela. People would think you are crazy. But they don’t understand. This is not about the struggle. The struggle is over. I doubt whether there would be another struggle.

That’s done with. Gone forever. What is there is different. And it wants you. The question is; are you up to it. Can you tackle it? This is what would make you like Mandela. What are you doing to solve problems around you? SA wants you.

You know; I have just finished Vusi Pikoli’s book. It was a painful book. That man never had it so bad. He has the answers, but he does not want to lead. In my view, he’s another Mandela waiting to blossom.

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