Tag Archives: Nelson Mandela

FMM 9 20 19 Think in Harmony

“How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns? “ ~ Desmond Tutu.  On our first trip to Jamaica, we were accompanied by a banjo.  By that I mean that, deep in the hold, along with countless bags, boxes and trunks, there […]

FMM 8 2 19 Self-inflicted pain

“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” ~ Ekhart Tolle.  One of the hardest lessons to learn, or at least to put into practice, is the art of living in the present.  I can remember, even as a child, trying to prepare for new events by seeing them in my […]

FMM 6 14 19 Sing out Loud!

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” ~ Nelson Mandela. There is nothing like waking up before dawn in the cool hills of Jamaica; there is peace and quiet before the roosters start to crow, and the dogs start their chorus.  Once the daylight […]

FMM 11 2 18 Calm Energy

“Good words cool more than cold water.” ~  John Ray. In high school my classmates and I were lucky enough to have the same ‘form teacher’ (I guess in the US he would be called our home-room teacher) for five years.  I say lucky, because he was one of those rare teachers, a man who […]

FMM 12 6 13 Let your light so shine.

“ As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” ~ Nelson Mandela.   Along with the sadness at the loss of a great man (although even the word great seems too small for this particular leader) comes the opportunity to reflect on his examples.  Nelson Mandela inspired, led, […]

FMM 7 19 13 Truth and Reconciliation

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.  At the end of an emotional week, it helps to try to pull back and look at the big picture. Despite the tragedy and frustration of the realities of life in the USA in general, and in Florida in particular, there are also […]

Friday Morning Message: “Rhetoric is not important. Actions are.” – Nelson Mandela

We are a society that is seduced by packaging. At Christmas time we can buy beautifully prepackaged sets of products. Unfortunately when we open them up, we find tiny bottles and a whole lot of garbage. The same is true of our leaders. So often we hear fiery rhetoric, phrases designed to inflame our emotions, […]