It would be hard to think of a person who carried the attributes of living the high performance life better than Nelson Mandela. He set the bar for how to challenge convention, to look for more in each of us, and to support those of less fortune. With his passing this past week we lost a very special man who lived for so long on the world stage that we could only hope that his spirit will be adopted by others. Often when Mandela spoke he spoke of Unbutu, which roughly translates to “human kindness”. It was the foundation of all of his teachings and it is a great platform for thinking about how we should live. Ubuntu asserts that society, not a transcendent being, gives human beings their humanity. And so it is – our inspiration for THPL. We are to use our community as the environment within which we are to affirm the humanity, the uniqueness, the specialness of each other community member. And when we bring this person to person commitment to each other a very special world awaits us. Let’s give it a try and see what comes of it.
There has been much written about Nelson Mandela over the past week, but I thought it interesting that TED Talks took a talk that was presented on the day of his death and has now posted it. Boyd Varty’s story is both touching and interesting. It is worthy of a few minutes.
Loving life and living Unbutu