Mandela Day Is A Time to Give

Posted on July 18th, 2011, by iMinerva

Nelson Mandela

There’s still time to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s July 18th birthday as he turns 93. Created by the United Nations in 2009, Mandela Day is intended to bring the world together “to fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation,” according to a statement from Mandela.

The idea is that Nelson Mandela spent 67 years of his life fighting for social justice, and now he asks that each individual give 67 minutes to make a difference in the world or even in one life.

That doesn’t seem like much to ask.  When you consider that one day has 1,440 minutes, a week encompasses 10,080 minutes, and a year – 524,160 minutes, 67 minutes of time giving and helping others is really pretty puny.

Volunteer at a youth center or homeless shelter.  Introduce yourself to someone who looks or maybe thinks differently than you do (Congress might want to take advantage of this time to find a point of reconciliation on the budget deficit).  Plan to attend services or a community meeting at a church/temple/synagogue that you’ve driven by and been curious about.  Say “I’m sorry” to someone you’ve wronged or offended.  Say “Thanks” to someone who has blessed you and pass their blessing on.

What a great idea – and just a little more than an hour in the year.

Happy Birthday Mr. Mandela.

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