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Wabi-sabi is the view or thought of finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection in nature. It is about the aesthetic of things in existence, that are “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”

Nelson Mandela Day, July 18th

The United Nations General Assembly officially declared 18th July as Nelson Mandela Day in November 2009 

a day revelling South Africa’s first democratically elected president, this notable celebration recognises and gives credibility to Nelson Mandela’s commitment to human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation. The day is an annual international affair in honour of Nelson Mandela who was born in Mvezo Cape Province union of South Africa on 18th July 1918 presently known as the Eastern Cape Province. 

In his urge for prosperity in unity, diversity and nation-building he once said in one of his speeches: “However hard this battle will be we will never surrender, whatever the time it takes we will not tire. The very fact that racism degrades both the perpetrator and the victim, commands that if we are true to our commitment to protect the human dignity we fight on until victory is achieved – Nelson Mandela”

When two elephants are at war it is regrettably the grass that aches the most, in other words, the punier one gets hurt in a battle between the powerful. Hence, this day should be regarded as a reminder that when fighting a common goal victory can be regained, for the reason that a global movement for positive change begins with small actions no matter how small your action is Nelson Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better as he did during his lifetime. Each person’s act raises awareness, fuels momentum towards positive change and expands the reach of Nelson Mandela’s values, with the utmost intention of helping people in need, practising reconciliation and fighting injustices not only in South Africa but anywhere around the world where one might find themselves.

On this day everyone around the world is afforded 67 minutes, a campaign that encourages everyone to take 67 minutes out of their day to do something for someone else or their community.

The idea of the 67 minutes was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebration in Hyde Park, London when he declared: “it is time for new hands to lift the burden, it is in your hands now” this should be motivation enough to carry the beacon handed over to us and lead the way, with pride and courage and pass it on to the next generation and so forth. One can argue that these words tolerate a whole lot of responsibility not only for the youth and elders of our generation but the next generation and further because this is about showing love and compassion to those around us and the communities we live among in general, as Mandela said: “what matters in life is not that you have lived your life, but that you have made a difference in other people’s lives.”

This year in commemoration of Nelson Mandela Day, Creative Nation urges members of our community to participate in events that do not risk the spread of COVID-19 or interrupt any restrictions, we urge people to share images, videos or words of hope that might change someone’s life for the best under (hashtag) #My67Minutes. This will be done as a form of appreciation and acknowledgement that throughout a time of turmoil in South Africa, the son of Africa and the father of the nation presented to us and the rest of the world the power of counterattacking subjugation, of impartiality over discrimination, of dignity over mortification, of mercy over detestation

Nelson Mandela’s tracks should be a way in which we as a community that uphold strong beliefs in Nelson Mandela’s values resist distraction even in tough times like now where we are facing scenes of looting, our infrastructure tempered with, putting people’s lives in grave danger, jobs being compromised in our wounded economy and the battle against COVID-19 worldwide we need to stay absorbed in paving a smooth road on our assiduous expedition towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in transforming our world and strives to overcome new sources of 2 adversity, we are bound to recall the lessons of Nelson Mandela’s life, and the essential humanism that guided him: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. – Nelson Mandela”

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