... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

“Courage is Not The Absence of Fear” Thank You President Mandela

I remember as if it was yesterday, Wednesday December 8, 1999, I was going to meet a true icon.

My co-blogger, and sister, Tracie was beyond miserable that she was in Cologne, Germany, 9 PLUS hour plane ride, and 4,991 miles away and would miss the opportunity to meet her hero.

I had studied Apartheid, read Kaffir Boy, (Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa. I was so moved, I had my son who was in 1st grade at the time dress up as Nelson Mandela for Hero Day.

As I waited in line with my family to shake hands with this wondrous man who went from prisoner to president, my mind couldn’t comprehend the magnitude of his greatness. Philanthropist, Symbol of Global Peacemaking, Public Servant, Civil Rights Activist and Noble Peace Prize winner. I was in my early thirties at the time and he had served nearly my life span in a small prison cell.

Through the years, I have had the blessings and opportunity to meet many famous, charitable, talented, inspiring people. NO ONE comes close or I am certain will ever impact me the way I felt on Wednesday, December 8, 1999 when I met President Mandela. When I approached him, the only words I could say were “Thank You.”

Today I again say Thank you, President Mandela. Thank you for waging your fight for equality for all.

Thank you for your quote, which is a daily reminder:”I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”