The Power of Forgiveness…

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in one of the most cruelest prisons in South Africa, not because he was a criminal but because of the color of his skin and his political views that didn’t align with those of the Apartheid status quo.

In prison Mr. Mandela was subjected to a daily dose of verbal and physical abuse and hate in a magnitude that we can only imagine. He was considered no better than a common pest. Mr. Mandela endured this for 27 very long years.

Once being released from prison no one would have blamed him for wanting revenge for what he endured, Mr. Mandela didn’t leave prison with hate and revenge on his mind, he replaced it with love and forgiveness instead. He had made the conscious decision while in prison to forgive.

One of Mr. Mandela’s favorite poems while in prison was “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

How many of us could forgive so easily if we were put through the same horrors as Mr. Mandela? We as a society are so quick to be invidious towards each other. In doing so, we carry around that hate and animosity in our hearts for no one’s good especially our own. Life becomes self centered, self serving and stagnant.

To forgive and to let go is to free ourselves from the chains that bind and cripple us.

We are the masters of our fate…We are the captains of our souls.

By: Master Tim Bell


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