“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” - Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom : Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
My son sent me a link on yahoo with Nelson Mandela quotes. I enjoyed reading each and everyone of them. Those quotes are from the wisdom of experience that arose from the tests, trials and tribulations of the journey Nelson Mandela's life. What struck me about this quote, is about being optimistic during the dark moments when faith in humanity is tested and not giving up to despair.
Everyone goes through dark moments in life. They happen and you may or may not know why. Despair and unavoidable pressures of life can be paralyzing and rob you off your strength, hope and dreams. In certain circumstances you might feel as if you have lost your faith in humanity. It's important to realize you are of immeasurable worth and your life is valuable. You have every opportunity to become a victor. When you live life with a victim mentality, you end up constantly blaming people for your situation, lack of progress or your state for mind. Giving in to despair only causes one to believe there is no hope. Healing from brokenness takes time. But one has to allow oneself to heal and put the negative experiences behind, in order to appreciate life and live life to the fullest. A victor allows himself to heal as he knows life has so much to offer. Negative situations is not what defines him. Instead of looking for reasons who to blame, a victor will move forward in life. A victor will spend energy trying to change a negative situation or seek ways to take action aiming towards progress. Although we may not realize, there lies a reservoir of courage, strength and potential which we can tap into with faith. Not giving in to despair whatever negative phase you go through, is life altering. It opens doorways, attracting people, situations and circumstances in your favor even if it takes time.
Being optimistic and not giving in to despair brings you closer to what you seek, what you need to accomplish.