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Today our beloved Madiba, Nelson Mandela, turns 95 in his hospital bed.  And my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to him.
Every year, on his birthday, South Africans from all walks of life dedicate 67 minutes of community service in honour of him (and his 67 years of fighting for the freedom of our country).
I am always on a mission to do more to serve my community but right now, I am spending 67 minutes writing this blog and I will contine to dedicate myself to helping anyone who reaches out to me in need!

The one thing that I often think about when I my thoughts turn to Madiba and his achievements in life, is that I wonder if he would have been so great if he hadn’t struggled to get what he believed in.
It may be controversial to say that but I believe very strongly that if things always come easy for you, you are more likely to stay in your comfort zone.  But if life throws you challenges and difficulties, and you overcome them, you are more likely to be great.  This is because it forces you to step out of your comfort zone and see things in a different light.

When you are at the absolute bottom, there is only way to go and that is up.  You only understand light when you have experienced dark.
Passenger sings this so eloquently in his song “Let her go”:

Well you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missin’ home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go

You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBumgq5yVrA

Believe that there is a reason that you are going through all of these difficulties – they are the lessons and the stepping stones that are taking you to heights that you may not even believe you are capable of reaching.
Think big! Step out of your comfort zone!
Soar to great, great heights!