I’m a day behind. I’ll get caught up today, promise.
One of my co-workers taped this on my wall. I think she thought it would be encouraging. I never took it down, so maybe she was right. And now, with Mr. Mandela’s passing, taking it down feels like it would be disrespectful.
Wisdom of this kind is frustrating. It doesn’t provide an easy answer, quick fix, or instant gratification. It gives value to struggle and endurance, and privileges the perspective of hindsight. It assumes that our lives are about working toward those things that are bigger than ourselves. They also reflect the wisdom of a man who knew that there was value in struggle first hand. These are words he probably couldn’t have uttered in his younger days.