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Quote of the Day: “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

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I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.

This is a quote President Obama shared from Nelson Mandela in his eulogy to the leader. The full section is as follows:

Given the sweep of his life, the scope of his accomplishments, the adoration that he so rightly earned, it’s tempting I think to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. (Applause.) Instead, Madiba insisted on sharing with us his doubts and his fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. “I am not a saint,” he said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

For me, it is drawing inspiration from the human who was Mandela, or Madiba as he was known to many, that makes him worthwhile sharing and mourning.  All of us who have been honoring him this week, do so, because we have part of him in us: we have the recognition of the values he lived, and if we keep continuing, despite setback, we can succeed in having those values grow.  We need the grit that he had, in which he persevered in his passion for a long-term goal, and not just any goal, it was truly a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG)!

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December 14th, 2013 at 11:54 am

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