Words fail to capture the Extraordinary spirit and leadership of Nelson Mandela. He was a man unequaled in every way. His loss is the headline of every media outlet I touch this morning, and rightfully so.
I mourn the world’s loss and celebrate this life. If only the world and its disparate peoples could follow his example and “talk” not “kill.” I am forever in awe of his ability to unite the “un-uniteable”, to lead with kindness, bravery, understanding, and most of all – forgiveness.
I saw him speak in the early years following Apartheid’s fall. It was a sea of hopeful faces, a crowd lightened by his spirit, swaying to his gentle, caring words.
I am hopeful that today we will sway to the music of Mandela’s goodness, become united citizens of this world, and celebrate this man of the century. Nelson Mandela – truly an EXTRAordinary Leader.