To be or not to be. That is a choice.

People are going through waves of emotions with over 2 months of sequestering. It’s very popular right now to say, it’s okay to feel shitty.

But for how long?

This made me think of Nelson Mandela. How did he survive 27 years of isolation? Was he mournful? Did he dwell in resentment? If not, when he finally got out, did he suffer from holding a mindset of hope over such a long period of time?

Is there value in disciplining our minds to choose to focus on what we can be doing to make the most of this situation? Or are we bypassing an important process if we don’t dwell in mourning and sense of loss?

Mandela suffered agony and depression when he learned that his oldest son died in a car accident. He expressed concern over his children, particularly during the arrest of wife Winnie. He complained often to the prison guards about jail conditions. He requested things like cold cream for his dry skin, honey, and books, much of them denied. The critical piece: he didn’t hold personal animosity towards those that put him there. He made the most of his situation.

To BE is to live. Mandela’s power came from making that choice to LIVE under such unjust circumstances. What do you think?

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