Last night I went to the movies to see Mandela, long walk to freedom and it is difficult to believe that this movie is based on truth as the events are hard to comprehend. Nelson Mandela’s life and achievements have been well documented particularly when he died last year. The reality is that Mandela (and his fellow ) sacrificed their own personal relationships for that of the betterment of the South African people.
I could reflect on many aspects and themes of Mandelas life but the closing quote from the movie is something to take into this week…
It would be easy to think that the concept of hating another is somewhere else, but lets look on our own doorstep. Lately the media is full of stories about people pointlessly king hitting another or that have so much mental or physical anguish from bullying that they have felt there is no other option but to take their own life. This really saddens me, especially as others are projecting their own insecurities, powerlessness, anger, worthlessness or abandonment onto others and inflict the very thing that they fear for themselves.
Why can’t we congratulate people for succeeding rather than pull them down, why do we make judgement on those that are begging for food when a lot of us are only a couple of pay cheques from being in the same situation. Why is it that peoples exert an authority over the most vulnerable by putting them down or physically hurting them. How about the way that the voice inside our head can constantly nag that we are not good enough or focuses on our faults. Why don’t we embrace the wonder of each individual and love their uniqueness and what we all offer the world – and that’s what I challenge everyone to be mindful of this week.
Love can be a word that is over used, but the love that I am talking about the type that embraces people because they deserve to feel like they are worth something. no matter what the colour of their skin, the family they were born into, what job they hold, where they live, what school they go to etc etc. So lets spend this week acknowledging those around us not because we expect something in return but because we believe in a culture that lives with love rather than hatred.
Hoping your week is full of love,