Happy 95th Birthday, Madiba!

Happy 95th birthday, Mandela! How fortunate are we to have this amazing soul in our lives today. As he spends his birthday in the hospital, may our prayers and positive energy uplift him and hope that soon he will return to his family.

 
Madiba’s life continues to inspire not only fellow South Africans but people who continue to struggle for a better world. Mandela’s life also got me reflecting on the struggle that revolutionaries go through. It seems that in order to start a revolution, the powers that be will try everything in their power to jail the revolutionary. Fred Hampton said it best when he said, “you can jail the revolutionary but you can’t jail the revolution.” We have seen this in the case of Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and many other leaders. 
 
Mandela’s life is not celebrated simply by praising him but through actions. Countries from throughout the world will be sending him birthday greetings today. I’m sure Mandela would be happy to receive these kinds of birthday wishes: the U.S. troops will pull out of Afghanistan and end the drones in Pakistan. Israel will tear down their apartheid type wall and pave the way to end their conflict with the Palestinians by recognizing and respecting the Palestinian position in future peace talks. Countries will actively participate in the eradication of poverty and homelessness in the world. There is no reason why a human being has to go hungry, live on the streets, lack health care, education and the basic human needs. Mandela’s best gift will be when powerful countries start investing more in humanity and start taking an active role in the eradication of poverty and hunger.
 
Let us celebrate Madiba’s birthday by continuing to engage and using our God given gifts to create this world a better place for everyone. Today is also International Mandela day, where the organizers of the event are asking people to spend 67 minutes of there time by doing community service. 67 is in honor of the years that Mandela has dedicated his life to the service of others. It has been my experience that there is no greater joy than using our gifts/talents to help someone achieve their goals. May we remember that everyday we are building bridges to someone’s dream and in doing so, we are carrying Madiba’s message of service, integration, compassion, empathy, and above all…LOVE.
Here is a link on some of Madiba’s famous quotes.
http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/367338.Nelson_Mandela

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