Nelson Mandela, 1937
Nselson Mandela, 1937

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

― Rudyard KiplingThe Collected Works

I appreciate this story of a story of Nelson Rolihlahla MandelaI appreciate it for many reasons, but most of all because storytelling is what we are about, whether our creativity expresses in music, theatre, or film, writing or poetry, or visual arts. We tell stories to – among other things – encourage positive change and healing, however modest. In this video we learn how Nelson Mandela used storytelling as leverage to make a big dream come true. It’s the ultimate use of storytelling.  It’s a bit of history and inspiration you won’t soon forget.

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, former President of South Africa, first Black South African to be elected in a democratic election, a nationalist, a democratic socialist, a former President of the African Congress, husband, father, friend, inspiration, prophet

His work done. He is resting in peace … no doubt.

It is up to us to carry his vision forward.

Photograph in the U.S. public domain

photo-on-2012-09-19-at-19-541JAMIE DEDES (The Poet by Day)~ I am a mom and a medically-retired (disabled) elder. The graces of poetry, art, music, writing and reading continue to evolve as a sources of wonder and solace, as a creative outlet, and as a part of my spiritual practice. The gift of blog offers a platform for having my say and a means to maintain off-line and online friendships with others who value the arts and humanities and favor the causes of peace.

4 thoughts on ““Let me tell you a story,” Nelson Mandela said

  1. Reading Stephen Spender’s poem last night, thinking of those who are truly great, whose lips tell of the Spirit, who remember, who hoard the desires and delight of Life and fight for it in their lifetime….yes, Nelson Mandela would be among these. There is a humility that must accompany this greatness. How else can you emerge from 27 years in prison and take up the perspective that it isn’t about you, it wasn’t done to you, the story is bigger, and that you must talk about that, forgive, move on from your individual story to that Spirit story of the ages?


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