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Nelson Mandela – 18 de Julho (July 18)

Que dia tão bonito…

(truly a beautiful day..)

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Nelson Mandela – born July 18 , 1918.

« O medo mais profundo não é o de sermos inadequados. O nosso medo mais profundo é o sermos poderosos muito além da medida. É a nossa “luz” e não as nossas trevas que nos assusta mais.

E perguntamo-nos a nós mesmos: quem sou eu para ser tido(a) como brilhante, maravilhoso(a), talentoso(a), fabuloso(a)?

Então assim sendo, quem é que não deverias (deverás) ser?

És filho de Deus. Fazer o papel de quem “pequeno” é não serve (nada adianta) neste mundo. Nada se “ilumina” ao se encolher para que o “outro” não se sinta inseguro em nosso redor. Fomos todos feitos para brilhar, brilhar como brilham as crianças. Nascemos para que se manifeste a glória de Deus que cada um traz dentro de si. Não está apenas presente em alguns de nós, está em todos. E conforme deixamos a nossa própria “luz” brilhar, inconscientemente permitimos “ao Outro” (aos outros) fazer o mesmo. Ao libertarmo-nos do nosso próprio medo a nossa presença automaticamente liberta “o Outro” (os outros). »

Tradução:  Maria MFA Costa

(e assim de repente vem à mente um pensamento que provêm de ‘outra’ pérola da Humanidade –
“A única maneira de castigar quem se ama é sofrer em seu lugar.” – Mohandas Gandhi)





Post Scriptum: date – July 18th, 2018


I have become aware that the above quote, has been wrongly attributed to the great  Nelson Mandela, over the years, and at the time I was writing this post in celebration of his birthday (he was still with us) I wasn’t even aware that it had been attributed to his 1994 inauguration speeches , specifically.

Not that he wouldn’t be capable of such a beautiful thought (for we all know he was), but in truth, at such a moment in time, it would be out of context – upon the achievement of being elected after having gone through such turmoil, hardship and struggle – as a freedom-fighter.
So, I leave you with LINKs to his 1994 inaugural speeches (for they are no less inspirational, and truly worth the read), and out of fairness also a link to the actual author – one who was flattered when she became aware that many had placed her words in the mind of Madiba at such an incredibly moving moment in History.

Thank you, for reading this, and have a stunningly beautiful Madiba Day!


LINK – May 10, 1994 – by President Nelson Mandela  (This is such a wonderful read, indeed)

LINK – May 9, 1994 – by President Nelson Mandela (incredible, and uplifting moments in History)


LINK  – NelsonMandelaOrg/Search


– Link  to the author of the passage whence, apparently, the above words had come from, and subsequently,  wrongfully attributed to President Mandela.  The internet has been a source of misinformation, and I wish to not take part in that (though inadvertently, I had).



LINK (I do love this image ♥ )


by Alan Craig (see Link, or write the following in your browser)