Going through my twitter and Facebook timelines this past week, I am amazed at the impact one person can make globally. I am obviously speaking about none other than the national – no wait – UNIVERSAL hero that is Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. This post is written with a heavy heart and thought I’d share some inspiration I got from Madiba.
A lot of us are going through our own battles and struggles. Be it financially, physically or spiritually. One thing that keeps us all going is faith and trust that this path we are on has been predetermined for us by a higher power. I elaborated somewhat on the power of patience in a previous post and this time around would like to talk about forgiveness.
I have always been a MAJOR advocate of forgiveness and always say, if there is nothing you can do physically about the situation you in then move forward build your bridge and get over it.
TIPLINE: Cannot change a situation? NO? Well, I say, “YES you CAN!” How, you may ask? Change your attitude towards it.
Acceptance is the first step to forgiveness and will change your view on your current situation. Through all the stories I saw online and in the media this past week the main thing that stood out for me was Madiba’s statement he made when he left prison. We all know in his time when he was incarcerated as a political prisoner it was done under the Apartheid regime. In his 27 years in prison he made a concerted effort to get to know all those who were imprisoned for various reasons, always lent a listening ear, and was and avid advice giver from the many testimonials given by high powered individuals over this last week.
One statement that stood out for me relating to Madiba’s opulent trait of forgiveness was, “I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” This was one of many groundbreaking statements made over the next few years that will forever resonate in our hearts and minds.
This I believe is something we can truly learn from. Realise that what has happened is truly in the past and its up to us to look forward and shape our future attitude. We as South Africans are part of a legacy set out by one of the greatest leaders of our time. I for one am fortunate to have lived in his era. I may have never felt the harshness of the apartheid regime and grew up in a free country – I will forever be grateful to the Almighty for granting me the honour of witnessing change in South Africa…
Algham du lillah Hi Rab Bil Aa La Min
(All Thanks Are Due To Allah, Lord of the worlds)
CASHEW SHELL: Forgiveness has never been for the next person – It has always been for you as the forgiver. It is a tool that will get you to be the better person, the one who overcame, and the one who is better off. You can never forget the past – that is clear. Just don’t carry the bitterness with you as you wake up every morning to a new day – a new time – a new you. Live in your gratitude…