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There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.” Nelson Mandela

What counts 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

There is a trap that most of us fall into at different times in our lives and that is the belief that my life is all about me; what I want; how I feel.

The truth of human life though is that we only have real meaning in our lives when we get out of the road and we start to put other people first; when we start to think of others; when we choose to be caring; when we seek what is best for all of us, not merely what I want.

I think some of the best examples of this are our parents and the people who care for us, they put their needs second in order to look after their children first.

Mandela Day is an annual event that marks the birthday of Mr Nelson Mandela, a man who lived for others. The key purpose of Mandela Day is to ask us the really important question – “What am I doing to make the world a better place for everyone?”

Mr Mandela lived his life by three principles –

  • Free yourself
  • Free others
  • Serve every day

Mandela Day is a challenge to us all to put others first and to choose to do something for the common good.

You could:

  • Go to the Student Office and get your name on the roster for the Paddy’s Van
  • Get involved in ERA for Change
  • Visit an elderly relative or someone who is alone or lonely
  • Cook a meal for your family or help out with some chore that you don’t normally do
  • Look at the people around you in your life and think up something that would just brighten their day
  • Get involved in some work to care for the environment, a local land care activity
  • Be more conscious of recycling what you can so that I can help to care for the earth’s resources.
  • Join in the Deanery Youth Day on Saturday 28 July 8:30am-4:00pm

Mandela Day asks us to have a go at thinking of others and thinking about what is good for us all rather than just me.

Take up the challenge.

Mr Tim Kenny – Dean of Identity