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!