Today as we mourn the passing of one of South Africa’s legendary icons, Tata Nelson Mandela, we salute him for leading an exemplary life for all South Africans. Revered all over the world as a humble man who played a part in bringing freedom to the black child and peace to the Rainbow Nation…we thank you Madiba for your contribution. Your legacy will live on in our hearts, our history pages and the foundation of our country.
Through you we’ve learned it’s possible for a black child to become President of a Nation. Through you we’ve learned it’s possible for man to forgive his oppressor. Through you we’ve learned the meaning of humility. You personified humanity at its best – a true symbol of UBUNTU.
Lala ngoxolo Tata. May your soul Rest in Peace. You’ve served our nation and the world well.
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorius vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responisbilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 05 December 2013)
I was reading an article on Entrepreneur.co.za written by Robin Sharma the other day – 62 Fast Tips to Get UnStuck – very insightful tips. The one that stood out for me was: “Know that potential unexpressed turns to pain.” A dream that you have but never pursue can bring so much pain and unrest to your life. Like an unscratched itch, it will continue to bother you… thinking whether or not you could have made it come true. It’s always best to pursue your dreams and even fail than to let them just be a potential that you never seized.
Often the reason for not living up to our potential is based on the fear of the unknown. We create so many scary scenarios in our minds, enough to cripple any required action. Take me for instance; I’ve been trying for the longest time to pursue my artistic dream. I know I’m talented but after I completed my Fine Arts Diploma, it’s become such a mission to complete even one drawing. My excuse is not having enough time with all the daily things I have to do. But the longing for that dream never goes away. Being this talented and not pursuing my dream is a waste and I know it. That knowledge gnaws at me and will continue to do so until I just get up and do what needs to be done to realise my dream.
Unexpressed potential truly is a pain…especially if you know what you’re capable of. Reach your potential and pursue more of your dreams. Challenge yourself to see how far your dreams will take you.