Goodbye Mr. Mandela and Thank you!
Those of us that lived during the period in time that straddled the twentieth and twenty first centuries have had the privilege of living during the times of Nelson Mandela.
When someone dies, we humans have the habit of saying “May he rest in peace”. In the case of Nelson Mandela, we know he will. Mr. Nelson Mandela lived according to what his soul told him was the right thing to do. He followed his conscious and always kept the benefit of his people in mind. His words will serve as inspiration to generations to come and his likeness will adorn many, many homes.
Mr. Nelson Mandela was a man for the ages. He bridged hatred and love. He, with his calmness and peaceful demeanor brought to South Africa what seemed like an impossibility to many; that is, power to the majority and a welcoming environment for the minority. It is doubtful that the likes of Mr. Mandela will be seen again for a long time, which is unfortunate, because the need for great leaders is great now.
May his spirit of peace and forgives touch the hearts of world leaders during these times of unrest and ever present nuclear dangers. May he be a source of inspiration and hope to every man and woman who dreams what might seem to be impossible dreams. If nothing else, Mr. Mandela has taught us, that dreaming impossible dreams makes them attainable and that hope, coupled with action, can bring about change where it might have looked difficult.
I have always admired Mr. Mandela. He knew he was an imperfect man, but he tried to live as perfectly as possible; he always kept his eye on his long term goal which was peace for South Africa. His people have lost a great leader and the world has lost an icon. His words will resonate for all eternity.
“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.”
I am Attorney Martin E. Regan, Jr. and these are my personal thoughts…