94 Years Young

Happy 94th Birthday Nelson Mandela!

I decided to share some of the wishes he has received in honor of this milestone, we should all be so fortunate to be viewed in such a positive light. Just look at that smile! 

The Obamas:  “On a personal note, our family has been inspired by Madiba’s example, and has deeply appreciated the time we have spent with him, and his wisdom, grace and generosity of spirit.”

Peter Hain: Nelson Mandela seems to encompass all that is best about us on our best day. He represents democracy, tolerance, humanity, courage, leadership. We would all like to live up to those standards in our everyday life. Very few of us manage to.”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu:  The greatest gift the nation could give Mandela on Wednesday would be “to emulate his magnanimity and grace.” “Mr. Mandela taught us to love ourselves, to love one another and to love our country,” Tutu said.

Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of England’s Manchester United football team that is widely followed in Africa, sang Happy Birthday over a cake iced with the image of the team’s yellow and red badge. Ferguson, who met Mandela on previous visits, said “his presence and personality exudes all around.”

Life With The Top Down:  Nelson, I wish you nothing but joy on this very special occasion. The lessons you have set through example have eternal life. Everyone who knows your name has been inspired by your words. You have made your mark in this world by living your life beyond measure, by doing for others. Thank you for being you Nelson!

This is my favorite quote from Mr. Mandela. It really is the secret to living in a peaceful world.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

94 years of making this world a little brighter for all us to … Enjoy the Ride!

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40 responses

  1. LOVE!!!!! Thanks for sending. I might even reblog this. :-)

  2. Well said. Thanks for posting this.

  3. Great post! Thank you!

  4. I’m humming that Tracey Chapman song as I head out the door…”Free, free, free, free, free….”

  5. Michelle Gillies

    A fitting tribute to an amazing human being. Nicely done.

  6. Beautiful. Happy Birthday to a beautiful man.

  7. Such beautiful words, all of them :)

  8. free penny press

    I absolutely, hands down genuinely love this man’s spirit.. All those years in jail, he walks out a peaceful, loving man.. Thank you for posting this about my friend whom I’ll never meet but admire forever!!!

  9. Seriously the best human being on the planet! There must be something to it, because he looks pretty dam good for 94!

  10. free penny press

    Praises to the universe he has seen 22 yrs of freedom since he was released and yes, he looks great :-)

  11. Reblogged this on newsofthetimes and commented:
    Happy Birthday to one of my heroes! I loved this post in commemoration!

  12. Happy Birthday Mr. Mandela! I have tweeted and facebooked this post – thanks for writing it!

  13. Wisdom, compassion, dignity and humanity all in one package. Great post.

  14. Thank you ands thank you for stopping by! Reading all those beautiful sentiments really put a smile on my face yesterday!

  15. One of the truly great men of our times — and there are so few!

  16. So very true! Thanks for stopping by.

  17. I love your history lessons and me and Mr. M. are both born on the same day, something I didn’t know. I love the quotes and messages to him. Thank you so much for enlightening always.

  18. Happy Birthday…You are indeed in good company!

  19. Great post. I was once in an airport and saw Nelson Mandela walking towards me. I was so flustered I had no idea what to do, when he saw me staring he walked by me and said hello—a moment to treasure.

  20. And I thought it was just me and Red Skelton.

  21. Well said by all!!

  22. Reblogged this on Life With The Top Down and commented:

    This post was originally written in honor of Nelson’s 94th birthday, today it is reposted in honor of a life that exceeded the expectations of mankind. The world may be a little bit dimmer today with the enduring loss of Nelson Mandela, but his light will shine on through all he has touched … thankfully that number is unable to be measured.

  23. What a lovely tribute, thanks for reminding us.

  24. You’re very welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

  25. I don’t think we will see another like him again.

  26. The Regular Guy NYC

    He was a great man and the world will miss him. What a fitting tribute of a post.

  27. I remember this post. What a gift he was to the earth. RIP Madiba

  28. All our lives will be diminished by the loss of this wonderful man.

  29. ciao! his light does shine on.
    thebestdressup

  30. Might have to put that smile on my desktop.

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