Nelson Mandela – What would you do?

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

What would you do?

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If I was to tell you that if you were to go to jail this afternoon, and stay there for the next 27 years. To be accused of ‘crimes’ that should not exist. To be vilified by millions for the vast majority of that time. To not see you children growing up

What would you do?

How about if I said that you would be rewarded handsomely for your sacrifice?

You would live out your days inspiring a generation of change, lead a political movement as great as, if not greater than that of Martin Luther King Jr? That you would bring a semblance of peace to your troubled country? You would watch your children’s children run, laughing, around your feet. Be loved by almost every human alive today.

What would you do?

Would you take that sacrifice? How would you cope?

It is from the stories of great, inspirational, people that we can learn how to cope with our lives. And none more so that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

What would you do?

If your neighbour knocked your fence down? If you fell out with your best friend? If your child broke their arm. And it was your fault? Your spouse of 6 months cheated on you? If you disagreed with everyone at work over one single issue and could not bear to be there a minute longer?

What would you do?

How about if I said it will all be okay? It may not feel it right now but it is all for the best. This will make you a stronger, better person. You will look back on this and say “i’m glad it happened”. You will remember the good old days when you had to suffer so terribly just to get to the point where a massive positive change had to happen.

Now, what would you do?

What am I going to do? Im going to re-read The Long Walk To Freedom and celebrate the great mans 100th birthday.



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