In honor: My brief encounter with Mandela lasted a lifetimeDecember 10, 2013
I have met many “famous” people but none that have touched me like Mandela.
It was just a fleeting moment really — I was with a key group that had traveled to South Africa. Since I was supporting a very important person from the US that was scheduled to meet with Mandela, I was told to stay in the background during the meeting. I was allowed to go into the room to learn and listen.
But I was pleasantly surprised when he didn’t let me stay in the background but shook my hand and asked me some questions! His smile and demeanor made you feel like you mattered.
In that short instance, I realized what greatness really meant. Making everyone feel like they matter, listening, and leading.
He touched my life in 5 minutes or less. Whose life have you touched? Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it is done.”
You can make a difference! Do the impossible!
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