As a South African, how can one not join the rest of the world on its knees with the news of the passing of possibly one of the greatest men of our time. Since the news rung out, people seem divided between a heavy sadness and a triumphant celebration of a life lived in the glory of love and peace; to its absolute fullest potential. With social media a-flutter with heartfelt messages of eloquently worded thanksgivings and images of a man of greatness in every sense – the right words to express my thoughts have eluded me and I am quite simply left speechless at the news of his inevitable final release to freedom.
Madiba has represented so many different things to different people, and perhaps the peace that passes all understanding of the man should be that he will always be uTata regardless of colour, creed or country. Does this say enough of his life dedicated to others?
I find it especially unbelievable that as many of us prepare to bring this year to a close in whichever way your beliefs bequeath, my own personal reflections come to dwell upon the many parallels that seem uncannily evident of the life of sacrifice of our Madiba with that of the life of Jesus Christ.
How can one not be inspired by the legacy of a man who gave his life for the freedom of the people of his country, which in turn moved the world? The peace, compassion, humility, quiet sophistication, love and self-sacrifice of a mere man to greatness is enough to inspire our homes to be filled with joy this Christmas and our hearts to embrace all as we move into a new year.
May the moments you create over this blessed time be entirely bathed in the light of the love of our great Madiba – let’s make him proud as he watches over our country and keeps his arms wrapped around us in the years to come.
The eat.art team salutes this man of greatness – thank you uTata – now it’s time to rest in peace.
Written for eat.art by: Nancy Hoepner – Magpie Creative
Only slightly exhausted mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner of Magpie Creative. Having worked with the eat-art team before, she is thrilled, and slightly bewildered to have been asked to (take time out from juggling and) add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.