While driving today, I overtook a man with a little girl for a passenger. I assumed it what his daughter. And then wondered if she was. The reason this is noteworthy? He was texting while driving. The little girl was not buckled and had her head out the rolled down window. I was angry and shocked at the same time. How could he be so irresponsible? In my incredulity I wondered if it would be right for me to call him out on it.
There’s so much happening around the world. With some of the things going on I’m wondering: Are We Destroying History Or Building The Future?
The killings at the Emanuel AME Church members in Charleston have stoked a furore of debates. America (and the world) is in debates about race and history. There’s also a raucous about the confederate flag.
When I heard the sad news of Nelson Mandela’s passing, my thoughts were occupied with his legacy. One of the reasons I write is to process my thoughts. Sometimes I do it to find out what I think.
At the time of Madiba’s passing, I was reluctant to write anything because the media, and a lot of other people would be doing the same. I’m weary of trying to assess how genuine people are when they cover icons like Mandela at their passing. I don’t struggle with truth, but motives. Are the papers pushing sales and Internet shares and views?
That aside, I couldn’t help but keep thinking about the legacy Nelson Mandela has left. Media spoke about him, his life and contribution incessantly. This forced me to keep thinking. Now I’m at a point where I have to write, because Mandela has left a legacy that is worth learning from. There are valuable lessons for both life in general, and leadership.
Because I do a fair amount of reflection through writing I now think aloud on the anatomy of a great legacy – lessons from Nelson Mandela: