In Memoriam: Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela

By now you have probably heard the very sad news that Mr. Nelson Mandela has just passed away at age 95 in South Africa.

The world stands divided in many ways, yet in Mandela's passing, he does now what he always did: bring the world that much closer together and remind us of our common bonds to each other.

I will have more to say on this blog page in the following days and weeks about Mandela and my personal memories of him. But for now, let me just say that it is difficult for me to imagine anyone who has had a more profound influence on my life than Nelson Mandela. There is simply no one else who even comes close to it. I'll be sharing those thoughts with you sometime soon; please look forward to it.

In the meantime, I am devoting today and the days to come to a time of quiet reflection and solemn remembrance of the life and times of this remarkable man. I'll read his words in books, listen to his audio speeches, perhaps watch a DVD or an old videotape or two featuring him. In grieving, I know I am just one of the many millions around this planet who are sending Mandela our last farewell and wishing him a magnificent journey back home to the ancestors and among the spirits.

Remembering with deepest respect Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013.

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