Ever since the news came through about the death of Nelson Mandela, I have been wondering what to write. Every tribute I have read makes me feel humble about even attempting to put my own thoughts into words. In the end
I decided to leave it to Mandela. These are his own words which I have had on display in my house for many years - my daughter, Hilary, wrote them out in her beautiful script and had them framed for me. I try my hardest to live up to them.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
"We were all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission
to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Neson Mandela, the man who liberated a nation, who shone as children do, who demonstrated like no
other, the power of forgiveness. RIP.