Cel­e­brate Madiba through ser­vice

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Sa­maoen Os­man

NEL­SON Man­dela ded­i­cated his life to trans­form­ing South Africa, but he changed the en­tire world.

He taught us that an un­flinch­ing de­vo­tion to hope can tri­umph over any tyranny, no mat­ter how pow­er­ful.

Let’s come to­gether to cel­e­brate his life with a giant mes­sage of grat­i­tude – for the courage he em­bod­ied, the in­jus­tice he righted, and the gift he gave us all to be­lieve that within each of us lies the power to make the world a bet­ter place.

Then pledge to hon­our him by cel­e­brat­ing Man­dela Day just as he’s taught us – through public ser­vice.

This quote from Man­dela has in­spired many peo­ple in their fight for a bet­ter world: “I am fun­da­men­tally an op­ti­mist. Whether that comes from na­ture or nur­ture, I can­not say.

“Part of be­ing op­ti­mistic is keep­ing one’s head pointed to­ward the sun, one’s feet mov­ing for­ward. There were many dark mo­ments when my faith in hu­man­ity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give my­self up to de­spair.”

Let’s keep our heads pointed to the sun and our feet mov­ing for­ward – for Man­dela and for the world he fought to make pos­si­ble. Rest in peace, Madiba.

Let’s keep our heads pointed to the sun…

Craw­ford, Cape Town

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