@Regranned from @tonyrobbins - #MandelaDay ❤
I met Nelson Mandela in the early 1990s and was so moved by his ability to be imprisoned unjustly and yet come out and forgive the very people who took away a quarter-a-century of his life! I asked him how he “survived” those years. He told me he didn’t survive; he “prepared.” He prepared to forgive so that if, in fact, he did survive, he would be able to let go and move on. He knew that only in letting go would he be able to lead himself and others to transform his beloved home of South Africa. 🇿🇦
He is often quoted as saying, “Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear… Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemies.” He said, “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”
Nelson Mandela understood fundamentally that forgiveness is not a gift we give others, it is a gift we give ourselves. It is true freedom from stories of our past and from the pain, rage, and anger that can eat away at our mind and body.
#nelsonmandela #forgiveness #love #leadership - #regrann