Prison: Grind You Down Or Polish You?
Prison: Grind You Down Or Polish You?

Nelson Mandela’s clan name is Madiba. And so is the style of shirt he commonly wore.

In a busy world, television is one of the things I’ve given up. No time for it after all the more important things get handled.

But last night, with iPad on lap, I casually tuned in and out of the ABC special featuring the FIFA Soccer World Cup from South Africa. I recall Alicia Keys, Desmond Tutu, Madiba, and one other poignant moment.

It’s a moment in history most of us are familiar with, but for some reason, it’s significance really washed over me last night.

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison and then became President of his Country.

And now, in what should be one of the most joyful moments of his life, is one of the saddest. Heartfelt prayers to Nelson, and to anyone dealing with unbearable pain (which should cover just about everyone).

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.