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16.12.2013 Feature Article

My Tribute To Nelson Mandela: ‘Only Be Remembered By What You Have Done’

My Tribute To Nelson Mandela: ‘Only Be Remembered By What You Have Done’
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The whole wide world is mourning the death of Nelson Mandela not because of his skin color but because of his desire to see the world at peace. Many tributes are being written to honour Papa Nelson Mandela not because, he was the richest man of his time, the controlling and powerful leader, not because of his cars and bank balances e.tc.

Nelson Mandela; led the life of forgiveness, peace, impact and loyal to his purpose and dream to change the heart and mind of people around the globe. He never gave up on his dream, purpose, ambitions, hope, and aspiration regardless of the limitations that were posed to him. He overcame many hurdles but not death. He had one thing in mind and that was, to live his life to inspire the world from his little town in South Africa.

He also made his mind up not to be intimidated by any other person's vision and purpose.

Single mindedly he focused on his calling and lived his dream to the fullest.

Nelson Mandela understood his calling by discovering himself and gave all that he could to see his fellow human being live a happy and freedom life. He put his hand in the plow and never turned his back at it.

This is the man, who trusted in the God of all possibilities and lived his life against all odds, Nelson Mandela had the chance to back down on his mission as a leader of his party but he knew the responsibility to lead not only his party but his country.

It that was not enough; he influenced and inspired the whole world with his message (LOVE AND PEACE FOR HUMANITY).

That was what he lived his whole life for!!!!!! What a great legacy?

Many have fallen into pieces but the great man is at peace.

When i was growing up as a child in my little town ( Abeka -Lapze) in Accra-Ghana, I remembered my late grandmother told me a story of a great man; who stood for peace and love and by so doing, he was arrested and put into prison; long before i was born. The lesson was that, life will never give us what we actually deserved but until we are ready to pay a heavy price for it.

Nelson Mandala paid the heavy price for the peace of the human race not only the black African but the whole wide world.

The world can celebrate such a great and inspirational leader because of his stand to ensure that, the world is at peace.

Fading away like the stars of the morning,
Losing their light in the glorious sun
Thus would we pass from the earth and its toiling,

Only remembered by what we have done.
Refrain
Only remembered, only remembered,
Only remembered by what we have done
Thus would we pass from the earth and its toiling,
Only remembered by what we have done
Shall we be missed though by others succeeded?
Reaping the fields we in springtime have sown?
No, for the sowers may pass from their labors, only remembered by what they have done.

Refrain
Only the truth that in life we have spoken, only the seed that on earth we have sown;

These shall pass onward when we are forgotten, Fruits of the harvest and what we have done.

Well done papa Nelson Mandela. May your soul live on unto eternity. Heaven is rejoicing but the earth is remembering you.

The questions I want to ask you today are these.......

1: How determined are you to see your dream come true.

2: Are you living in fear because of what other may say or do to you?

3: How humble and honest are you in your leadership and with the people around you?

4: Are you living your dreams or shying away from it?

5: Are you thinking of giving up on others because you never seems to agree on a single term?

6: Are you seeking your own agenda and ignoring the minority of people working with and for you?

7: Is your life being driven by your negative hurt or past?

8: Are you limiting yourself to only what you can achieve in life or inspiring others to inspire their own world?

9: How much have you achieved in life by loving people?

10: Is your life being hunted by what you could have done and haven't done to motivate your world?

11: How committed and dedicated are you to invest into other and to see a great SMILE on the faces of others?

12: Are you bold enough to stand against self-timidity, self-inflicted slavery and ignorance?

WHAT WILL BE SAID OR WRITTEN ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU ARE NO-MORE HERE ON EARTH?

Ferdinard Senyo Lawson
Ferdinard Senyo Lawson, © 2013

The author has 36 publications published on Modern Ghana.Column: FerdinardSenyoLawson

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