“Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-

Unquestionably, Nelson Mandela was a great man; perhaps the greatest man of the 20th and 21st century, who today, at passing on to the great beyond, at a ripe old age of 95, has left very large footprints on the sands of time.

In his own words:

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the (South) African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realized. But, my lord, if needs be it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”


Here was a Nelson Mandela! When, comes such another? Perhaps never in our life time!

A regal man of incorruptible character, and indomitable will; possessing of the finest of belief systems: persistent, resilient, and perseverant in all his endeavours, in spite of all the odds; deserving to be reckoned amongst the greatest men of our time and history (Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King).

“All the world’s a stage.”  And these great men have played their parts, leaving the world a better place than they found it. “Let us, then be up and doing” … and “make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time”, as well.

“Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing, shall take heart again.”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-