This post is a combination of a quote from Winston Churchill and a fact about Nelson Mandela.
After WWII, Winston Churchill was invited to give a commencement speech at a college in the United States. He traveled to the United States by boat (not a short trip) and when it was time for him to give the commencement speech, he stood up at the podium and said:
“Never, never, never, never give up.”
Then he sat down. The crowd was stunned to silence.
And then they remembered the night time bombings of England.
And they remembered the fact that England was literally the last line of defense against the enemy in WWII.
And the role they played as a launching ground for the offensive that would turn the tide of the war.
And the audience realized the wisdom of his words and gave him a rousing standing ovation.
Moving forward in time – today marks the 25th anniversary of the date that Nelson Mandela was released from prison.
After 27 years in prison.
Think about that for a minute. 27 years in prison. 27 years locked in a cell.
He could have come out a bitter angry old man. But he didn’t.
He came out fighting for change.
And he made change – the most sweeping reforms that South Africa has ever seen.
Two men, two mortals with their own failings and their own troubles. Two men who caused great things to happen because of their willingness to believe in change.
Oh and then there is this guy. One of the most adorable little well spoken and hilarious optimists that I have ever seen. When I grow up, I want to be like him.
Don’t ever say to yourself, it can’t be done. Don’t ever say to yourself, but I’m only one person.
Remember a Prime Minister, a President and a Kid President.
All examples of how we can all make a difference.