Charlene Smith Looks to Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth for Lessons in Forgiveness
In an article for Beliefnet, Charlene Smith, author of Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life, examines the lessons we can learn from Queen Elizabeth and Mandela who have both managed to move past painful experiences without holding on to their anger. Smith argues that both of these public figures have managed to let go of the past in order to become better leaders:
She loves thick marmalade over butter that melts into her toast, always with tea, and preferably with her corgis at her feet. He rises at dawn every day and exercises before settling down to a bowl of oats. She is the Queen of England, and he is Nelson Mandela, the man who led South Africa to democracy after fifty years of forced racial separation (apartheid). Two people who appear so different yet have similar lessons about the true nature of commitment, and forgiveness.