Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela Statue - South African Embassy 34017
Image by tedeytan, on Flickr.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
— Nelson Mandela

His is a name you grew up knowing — at least as much as I can vouch for people of my generation. His values, philosophy and ideology were inspiring internationally and he has shaped the way that modern South Africa is today, helping bridge the racial divide. His was a strong spirit without grudges or hatred we can admire and aspire to be and have.

Rest in peace.

How interesting that just this morning I was writing a piece on race? Coincidental indeed.