In His Honor…

With the passing of the incredible Nelson Mandela, i saw many amazing quotes of his that people were and are posting on their Facebook pages to honor who he was to us and to the world.  
i thought about these quotes and how amazing this man was–both in word and in deed.  And then i thought about what would be the best way to honor this man’s life and his death?  And as great as posting his quotes are (to remind ourselves of his phenomenal legacy and the things about him that move and inspire us) that the best way to honor him is through ACTION!  Nelson Mandela’s life was about MOVING people to take action on behalf of a free South Africa and for freedom and justice for people experiencing oppression around the world.  Inspiration without action does not change the world– as a matter of fact– inspiration without action makes us feel better while actually supporting the status-quo, the oppressors, the Earth destroyers, the animal abusers, and all the things that break our hearts and anger us.  Our INACTIONS are us much a part of shaping the world as our actions are.
So, this is what i posted on my Facebook– bringing both praise and criticism– but no matter people’s views of what i posted, my intention is to ask us ALL (myself included!!!!)  these questions:
You want to really honor Nelson Mandela and his life? Don’t just post a great quote of his and/or write some sweet sentiment or memory. Ask yourself, “How can I live MORE boldly, MORE courageously, with MORE commitment, MORE courage, MORE service, and MORE risk?!” Anything else is just a great quote and sweet sentiment. Nelson Mandela deserves MORE than that from ALL of us!!!
Published in: on December 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. I felt very much the same, action is the best way to honour this man’s incredible legacy. Blessings on all those actions which seek to create a better world.

  2. Once again you inspire……..

  3. Keep in mind that many of the “quotes” that we’re seeing on Facebook were never actually said by Nelson Mandela. Lovely tho they may be! But you are certainly correct, Julia, Mandela should be remembered for more than just inspiring rhetoric and symbolism. He was a man who worked hard and worked smart. He was led by idealism but not blinded by ideology. He listened to his friends, he listened to his enemies, and — rather shockingly for a revolutionary — he made compromises! Gasp! Much of what Mandela did was terribly unsexy and unromantic — immersing oneself in the mind-numbing details of bureaucracy, administration and economics does not make for a compelling Facebook meme. And yet it is incredibly important if we want to see change in the world. Mandela knew this. The rest of us should take notice.

  4. Julia, I believe your comments are spot on. Its easy to talk. Its easy to make a promise. Its easy to post a quote. If we’ve learned anything from you its that a persons actions, in spite of fear and difficulty, can make a difference. Actions; that’s where the magic is and that’s what Nelson Mandela was all about! Much respect.

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