Are we truly called to make a 67 minute on Mandela day or to make a 67 minute difference everyday?
The past week we celebrated Mandela day and on this day we are reminded of these words “Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes.”
The celebration of Mandela Day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to “recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better”, says the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The message behind Mandela Day is simple – each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better.
On 18 July 2016, many organisations and individuals reached out to make a difference in the lives of others. The lives of many people were changed and are still changing at this moment. The 67 minute must be a every day cycle because we as South Africans must be empowered to not make the change but to be the change. Nelson Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster. Mandela suffered for our freedom but through his suffering he made a difference. Robben Island became the crucible which transformed him. Mandela brought the brutal prison officials to his will, assumed leadership over his jailed comrades and became the master of his own prison.
Making a 67 minute count must not just change someones life but our own lives too. The miracle lies in us- by being a miracle to someone else not just for one day but everyday. We are blessed to freedom and we are a blessing to someone else’s freedom.
The thing that made Nelson Mandela a true icon and hero was not his suffering but was the difference he made in his suffering. A true hero will not only take action on Mandela day but will take action starting today.