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When Chaos Arrives


What are your thoughts on hearing the name of Nelson Mandela, called Madiba and "Father of the Nation" by South Africans.  I tried to reflect on how he resolved issues. With personal difficulty he fostered his countrymen with the respect of his family and advocated reconciliation.

He had a great passion, South African equality denied under apartheid but he found a way, worthy of Ganhdi's non-violence, to tackle national problems with a dedicated moral stance and not hide the country's skeletons! He faced up to outer and inner demons, especially as he had a past of revolution. His 27 years in hard labour prison taught him to accept respect to himself and all. However his inner demons must have all been addressed, put to bed and he must have had joy to reflect on his achievements. He got the Nobel peace prize.

When hard times arrive, face your issues, do not deny them and take your time to do what is right rather than fight like a reactionary. If hairs rise on the back of your neck, take a little longer to assess and savour the taste for a minute and realise you have wisdom. Accept you will have conflicts, move towards those difficulties and have courage to face them in the eye. There is no need to be subservient to them as your behaviours and decisions can influence where they end and where resolution starts. Your long term priorities need not be sacrificed. If you hold your head high and take difficult decisions, I salute you now and others will do afterwards.


The great man's words:

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."

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