Originally posted on the CITIZENS of FASHION:

In the memory of Nelson Mandela who died of a lung infection on 5 December 2013 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. He was 95 years of age and surrounded by his family.
Nelson Mandela Photo by Anton Corbijn for L'Uomo Vogue November 2008

Nelson Mandela
Photo by Anton Corbijn for L’Uomo Vogue November 2008

Written by Naomi Campbell. Excerpt from L’Uomo Vogue, November 2008

The prison and the enforced solitude. The fisted salute to the cheering crowds when set free in 1990. Nowadays Nelson Mandela continues to be a tireless champion of peace for South Africa and the entire world

On 22nd of June 1990, a month after my 20th birthday, Nelson Mandela, the President of the Anc (African National Congress), came to New York to take part in several fund-raising events. When Mandela arrived with his wife, Winnie, it was like a ray of sunshine appearing to me. I was asked to be a member of the judging panel…

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Brother David Steindl-Rast in a monk of Mount Saviour Benedictine monastery in New York. In his TED talk, he talks about the key to happiness as being grateful. Being in a constant state of gratitude reminds us not to take things for granted and opens our vision to the endless opportunities that life presents us with. When things aren’t going the way you want, it’s easy to be negative and shut yourself down. Being happy is a choice and whatever situation we find ourselves in, we have the choice to move on from it and be grateful for what we have.

Please listen to his wise words

He sums up how to be grateful in three simple steps: stop, look, go.

Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about the danger of narrow mindedness that stems mainly from mass media and western literature and how having one view of a culture, country (in this case continent!) or race can lead to people misjudging, stereotyping and in a way missing out on discovering a whole other side of a culture, country, continent and race they never knew about. No matter where we’re from or what experiences we’ve had, we’re more similar than different.

Though I haven’t watched very many TED talks, this one by far is one of my favourites.

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