On this special day, that would have been the father of our rainbow nation, Madiba’s centenarian birthday, I have chosen three of Mandela’s quotes for us to live by.
The very wise Tata (which means father) said many monumental things but what made him such an incredible man was his actions, he united our country and brought peace when it seemed impossible. Madiba changed the world, built our nation and put peace and his people first. Truly an unbelievable hero who’s footsteps will remain in our hearts and on the ravishing landscapes and surreal orange sunsets of South Africa and the world forever.
The first quote I would like to remind you of is: “Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.”
Mandela was truly a man of action and vision. His vision was to “eradicate racism and establish a constitutional democracy”. He sure had his work cut out for him in a very angry and divided country. He set aside his pain and anger and set out to make his dream a reality and save our beautiful country from its past pain. May I always have the guts to action my visions and may my visions always be positive and make a difference to those around me.
The Oxford dictionary defines his two key words as follows:
Vision: the faculty or state of being able to see, the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom, an experience.
Action: The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.
Decide on a vision and make it happen. What do you want to achieve? Picture it repeatedly and make it happen. You are in control of your destiny. Focus on your goal and make it a reality. It is said that happiness is found through helping others, it is truly fulfilling.
My second Mandela quote of choice is:
“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.”
If you think that you are only one person and you cannot make a difference, remember our Mandela was once a child born in the tiny village of Mvezo, Eastern Cape who was to become a world-wide hero and change the world. My favourite quote by Gandhi is “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Change starts with you, stop complaining about things and start doing and being the change.
The final Madiba quote that I have chosen on this significant day is:
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
You cannot control everything that happens in your life, but you can control how you deal with what happens. The bottom line is your thoughts and words become your life. Focus on what you want, control your mind, banish negative thoughts and create your own fate. Attract what you want and make it your reality. If you fall, get up. If you make a mistake, learn from it. Leave the past behind you and paint the future you want. Choose your company wisely and surround yourself with the right people for you and your plan for your life.
Start your new chapter today, be the author of your own book, train your mind and silence all thoughts that are not proactive to what you want in your life.
Change starts with YOU!