Were you among the (more than 50,000) people to watch the live streaming of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service? He touched so many people with his life, and he seemed to never be in the company of strangers. I think his ability to touch so many lives was evident by the presence of nearly 100 world leaders.
In addition, more than 50,000 mourners endured the rain to pay their respects to such a great man. It is no surprise that so many people attended or watched the service. He welcomed people from all walks of life, including athletes and entertainers. I am sure that many of us can learn from his quiet presence and his ability to smile through adversities.
I am also amazed at the former 27-year prisoner’s ability to be comfortable in large crowds. It would seem that he would have preferred solitude, but Nelson Mandela conquered that too. As an introvert, I would rather a small group instead of a large crowd. Don’t get me wrong; most people would never guess that I am out of my element.
I know how to socialize and enjoy myself once I commit to being with others. I simply enjoy my own company more than the company of others. Many people will never understand this; so, I don’t try to explain. The solitude that I enjoy annoys others, and I will never understand that! I have turned down invitations because I prefer peace and quiet.
As the year began, I prayed for God to help me to grow in all areas of my life. I made a pledge to spend more time with others this year, and I don’t have any regrets. I have broadened my horizon, and I have a better understanding of life. Yet, the easiest thing for me to do is to return to a place of comfort.
I had to check myself recently about being in my own element. My brother invited me to dinner, but I declined. As I was driving home, I thought about my pledge to share my life with others. I called and told him that I changed my mind. I will never forget what a blessing it was just to spend quality time with my brother and my nephew.
What will you do; so, that you don’t have any regrets? Please comment.