Tata Madiba

Driving to work this morning, I listened to the tributes pouring in for Nelson Mandela. And I was struck by the fact that on this day in 1918, nobody knew that this newborn would go on to shape the face of humanity.

Happy 95th birthday Tata. You have shown us how to lead a life of grace. Courage. Forgiveness. Love.

We salute you. And we hold onto you because a world without you in it just makes less sense.

Photo credit: Matthew Willman

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. - Nelson Mandela