Time is the most important factor in anyone’s self development. Therefore you should always remember to thank your :
Past for the motivation to do better,
Your Present for your determination to make better and your,
Future for the inspiration to become better.
Courageous, Strong, Leader, Determined, Elder and the list goes on and on during the lifeline of the great Nelson Mandela. Good day Para-peeps and welcome to another day in The Paradox where today we would like to take just a few minutes of out time to reflect on a great man known as Nelson Mandela (R.I.P). Mr. Mandela, born on July 18, 1918, was an revolutionist, politician, a philanthropist, former President of South Africa but most of all a VISIONIST as he lived his life to make the world a better place through actions and wisdom as he stood strong to great peace, tranquility and FREEDOM.
More about Mr. Mandela
Rolihlahla Madiba, now known as Nelson Mandela is the birth name given to this great man by his birth parents, father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, a local chief and councillor to the monarch and Nelson’s mother was Gadla’s third wife, Nosekeni Fanny, who was daughter
Nosekeni Fanny, Mother of Nelson Mandela
of Nkedama of the Right Hand House and a member of the amaMpemvu clan of Xhosa. His name was then change by:
his English Teacher Miss Mdingane who gave each child an English name (Rolihlahla>Nelson) so they could be called upon easier by there masters, but why this particular name? Mr Madiba was clueless.
and one of this king’s (Ngubengcuka) sons, named Mandela, became Nelson’s grandfather and the source of his surname, Mandela.
N.B. Mandela may not have been born into the royal family (Ngu-beng-cuka) but was considered a son to some extent as his mother was the wife, formally as the wife of his birth father, to the Ixhiba clan, a so-called “Left-Hand House”.
Was he really imprisoned for 20 years?
lol no, but that’s a pretty close answer but sorry to say you were short 7 years. Yes, Mr. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years out of the life that he lived where he was captured on 5 August 1962, police captured Mandela along with Cecil Williams near Howick and was charged with inciting workers’ strikes and leaving the country without permission. Then transferred to Pretoria to the prison on Robben Island, remaining there for the next 18 years isolated from non-political prisoners and was only given a straw mat to sleep on. Then In April 1982 Mandela was transferred to
Pollsmoor Prison in Tokai, Cape Town along with senior ANC leaders Walter Sisulu, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada and Raymond Mhlaba; they believed that they were being isolated to remove their influence on younger activists and then finally, which is one prison I would like to check into haha, on December 1988 Mandela was moved to Victor Verster Prison near Paarl. Here, he was housed in the relative comfort of a warder’s house with a personal cook, using the time to complete his LLB degree. He was released on February 11 1989.
Some words of Wisdom from N. Mandela.
It is said that you don’t know the true value of someone until they are gone but this great man left more than just a few value during and now after he left this world. He was a very posivitive leader who had a dramatic impact on the lives of people around the world, especially in his home country, South Africa. His words of wisdom will forever leave a impact in the heart of many as sadly on the 5th of December he left this world to spend some time in the heavens. He will truly be missed but I know that he helped to build enough strength and courage within the people of the world to last a lifetime. The sun has not set in paradise this time around as he has brought more light to the world that will shine for year to come. Rest In Peace Mr Mandela and let your words of wisdom shine upon us, in our minds and our heart.
“Like sand in the hour-glass, so goes the days of our lives” was the thought that when through my head (not because my mom had me stuck beside her watching Young & The Restless) as I read this on viralnova.com. This wonderful post captured not only the beauty of the mind called memories but also captivated the essence of time as one reflects upon their life (whether it was 5,10,15 years or even minutes) and I had to give the Photographer Tom Hussey a round of applause for such amazing work. Time waits on no man, and that’s a FACT OF LIFE, and each minute used is not possible to be returned until mankind learns to turn back the hands of time. Therefore, each moment you spending hating your job, disliking your friends, having arguments with your family members and smoking, sniffing and drinking your life away is a moment that you will wish you had back one day to say your sorry and wish you had not done “this” and “that” but we’re all humans so it is in our nature (as bad habits), yet still cannot be used as an excuse. We all know you only live once but will those moments be worth remembering? Each day mustn’t be taken for granted because we know we may not live to survive the new day (you will 🙂 I’m just stating a point) but do you want to be remembered as the crack head from down the street or the soldier who fought for your freedom, the bully who spent his time stuffing little kids into lockers or the hero who saved the little kids from the fire, we are ALL DESTINED TO BE GREAT no matter how big or small or even if you know 15 different languages or barely know their own, and that ANOTHER FACT OF LIFE. Now, without further a due, I present Tom Hussey’s Mirrors Of Life…..
Photographer Tom Hussey created a series of pictures that will speak to you, no matter your age, race, beliefs or occupation. The Reflection photos illustrate just how much we change in our lives and how it seems to happen all at once, no matter how many years actually go by. These will grip your soul.
Reflection gives insight into the former lives of these senior citizens.
Tom spoke to a veteran right before his 80th birthday. His quotes inspired him to create the series.
“I can’t believe I’m going to be 80,” he told Hussey. “I feel like I just came back from the war. I look in the mirror and I see this old guy.”
“It’s a universal condition — at some point in your life, you look in the mirror and say, ‘Wait a minute, how did I get this old?’” said Tom.
“The idea for doing these images was a person looking in the mirror and seeing what they remember.”
“When you look in the mirror every day, you recognize yourself, but when you go back and look at a photo of yourself 20 years ago you say, ‘Wow, I really have changed.’”
“You get to some milestone — age 20, 40, or 80 — and you can’t believe that much time has gone by.”
Take time to appreciate every day, because these years will be gone before you know it. You can visit Tom Hussey’s site here.