By Harriet Faith

March 22, 2014, 5:15 pm

 
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Hand Lettered Nelson Mandela quote by Harriet Faith

Ah. There is not a whole lot I can say about Nelson Mandela that you probably don’t already know. He was an extremely courageous individual who was inspired at a very young age by stories of his ancestors’ struggles for justice.

He was born into the Thembu royal family, although, by certain rules surrounding his mother’s heritage, he was not able to inherit the throne. His father was a counselor to the active King during his childhood. By his own admission, he was not a very good student, but managed to become a lawyer, nonetheless. A controversial figure for most of his life, he spent 27 years in prison.

When he was released in 1994, he vowed to himself to forgive all of his captors. He served one term as the first democratically elected Chief Executive of South Africa, and in his lifetime, received over 250 international honors including the Nobel Peace Prize.

He is deeply revered in his home country and is often referred by the name Madiba, his Xhosa clan name or “Tata” which means “Father,” as he is considered the” father of the nation of South Africa.”

In light of who Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was, this particular quote is really quite moving when you consider that he must have truly followed it himself during his most trying times.
I am sure he faced some very frightening situations in his life. Yet, he did so much to accomplish his dream of eradicating apartheid from South Africa.
Do you think he could have done that if he got too wrapped up in anger at or fear of his detractors? I don’t think so. Let Mandela’s quote lead you through dark or murky times that come up in your own life.
May YOUR choices reflect your hopes, not your fears!
Here’s to your dreams!

 


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About The Author

Harriet Faith is an artist, illustrator, writer, inspiring speaker, a dedicated animal advocate and a transformational photographer and creative business coach for artists and entrepreneurs. She is thrilled to be able to share the confidence-building and inspirational ideas that she has learned on her own creative journey. You can contact her at [email protected]

Harriet Faith is an artist, illustrator, writer, inspiring speaker, a dedicated animal advocate and a transformational photographer and creative business coach for artists and entrepreneurs. She is thrilled to be able to share the confidence-building and inspirational ideas that she has learned on her own creative journey. You can contact her at [email protected]

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