Our Preparations for Mandela Day

An Image of Nelson Mandela for Mandela DayDid you know about Mandela Day? It is interesting to have a day to commemorate Nelson Mandela. It does not fall on the day of his leaving this world for the day began when Mandela was still alive. Mandela day falls on his birthday, the 18th of July. The significance of this day lies in what Mandela strove to achieve.

There are a few powerful statements that Mandela made which are very inspiring. Here is one of them: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

Remembering Experiences Related to Mandela

I am not sure when I first heard of Nelson Mandela but I became aware of the world’s interest in him when I was in the UK after high school. I had gone into the South Africa House on Trafalgar Square in London for something and could not help but notice some students standing outside. When I came out again, I stopped to find out what their protest was about. They were campaigning to free Mandela!

I asked them if they knew who Mandela was and what they knew about South Africa. No, none of them had been to South Africa, none of them really knew much about Mandela either. They just knew that he was in prison and were staging a protest for his release. As to their knowledge of South Africa, one student described South Africa as having lions that roam around the streets.

I smiled and let them know that I had lived in South Africa for many years and although I had met some impressive people and I had seen lions in game parks, I had not seen any lions roaming down any of the streets.

Some compare Nelson Mandela to a lion. He had an incredible inner strength and a vision of a world with unity and where children are assisted to achieve and to contribute to the world. He had many positive messages that he left the world.

Our Preparation for Mandela Day

Why do I share these thoughts now, nearly two weeks before Mandela Day? Well, we are preparing a special article to share on Mandela Day.  Typing this article filled me with inspiration. As a result I have requested more stories of this nature to be written as well. I am so looking forward to sharing more about the development of this and other books. They are of course written by one of my most inspiring teachers, none other than Rosemary Kahn.

So mark your calendars and visit this blog on Mandela Day. We have a wonderful story to share with you and we aim to add this to a collection of stories. There are plenty more where it came from, so stay tuned for a book in the making. The next in the collection of books written by Rosemary Kahn, one of my favourite authors.


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How to Help One’s Mother to be a Happy Mom

Rosemary Kahn with some of her books

This post combines some thoughts on helping one’s mother to be a happy mom, as well as helping YOU to be a happy mom. How do they combine?

Have you ever taken the time to find out what your mother’s goals and dreams are? Do you know if she has a bucket list and if so what is on that list? Many a time we set our own goals and help our children to identify what they need or want to achieve. But when one is an adult, it is easy to let life slip by and not ask one’s mother what her goals are.

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How I Feel About Becoming a Mother and Why it’s Important to Know

Three Images of a Women in Phases to Becoming a Mother

How do YOU feel about becoming a mother? Have you ever stopped to give this question much attention? Let’s face it, most little girls play with dolls and pretend to be a mother. But, how many consider what becoming a mother is actually like?

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Simplify Your Rosh HaShanah Preparations

Rosh HaShanah Greeting

There is much to do in preparing for Rosh HaShanah. One can of course prepare from the start of the new year until the following year, by setting suitable goals and working systematically towards them. Many have goals, others need help to develop them. What do you need in order to maximize your Rosh HaShanah preparations?

Some work on their goals all year round, others leave preparing for Rosh HaShanah until the month of Elul. Still others might not realise the full meaning of Rosh HaShanah and hence do not prepare or prepare very little.

The truth is, that there is much to prepare for. On the basic physical level, Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year is a day to spend both in prayer and enjoying delicious meals with one’s family and friends. Since we are not permitted to do work on Yom Tov there is preparation to be done. Rosh HaShanah is a two day festival. This year Shabbat follows immediately after Rosh HaShanah, that means we have 3 days to prepare for.

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