Carrying On.... Mandela Reaching Beyond 100 Years

2013-07-02 12:46

It is abundantly clear and wholly evident that at this stage most South Africans wants Nelson Mandela, the Father of the Nation, to pass on. They argue and reason that he is old and must rest. "We must let go". When people say "it is up to God" they literally mean let Mandela pass on. That is the undeniable general state of the nation - its mood. When I had a conversation with one of my friends pronouncing that I wish Nelson Mandela can wake up  from the hospital bed and continue living. I was attacked that I am selfish.

That prompted me to browse my personal library I have built over a period of 20 years. In the library I picked up the book Carry On, Reaching Beyond 100. This book is an autobiography written by Tom Spear. Tom Spear was a Canadian who at the age of 100 was still active climbing mountains, appearing on TV programs, even filming Discovery Channels documentary 100 Something, still had his driver's licence and participating in many sporting activities including playing golf.

South Africans should take comfort and refuge in the life of Thomas Arnott Ballingal Spear (Tom Spear's full names). He should be our reference that we can still derive joy in having Madiba with us on and on.

Tom Spear wrote the Carry On in the year 1998 (when he was 102 years old) Tom Spear. He explains in the book how his positive attitude and family values helped him thrive to actively live in three centuries.

Dolly Parton wrote and sang: Tomorrow is Forever. This song like Madiba is ageless, it was written in 1970 and the song is still going strong and enjoyed by many people across the world.

Let South Africans rise and sing Tomorrow is Forever with Dolly Parton, as our beloved Madiba father of the Nation, Tata Nelson Mandela recuperate.

The gist of the song is found in the following lines:

Take my hand and run with me out of the past called yesterday.

And walk with me into the future of tomorrow. 

Yesterday must be forgot.

No looking back no matter what there’s nothing there but mem’ries that bring sorrow.

Yesterday is gone, gone, but tomorrow is forever.

What is the moral of the story, or rather the moral of the song? This: That South Africans and the world in these times can still walk with Madiba into the future of tomorrow and that tomorrow is forever.

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