I always enjoy Desmond Tutu. It is rare he doesn’t have a smile on his face – and it is a warm and wonderful smile. He would be one of my ‘amazing people to meet’!
Desmond Tutu was an anti-apartheid and human rights activist, including standing up for gay rights within the Anglican church community.
As he stepped down from being Archbishop of Cape Town, he spent two years as part of the Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa, investigating human rights abuses and seeking a process of reconciliation through confession, forgiveness and restitution.
He also became a good friend of the Dalai Lama – and loves football.
Although ‘retired’ he is still active in engaging, commenting recently in relation to the Black Lives Matter campaign: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
Here is a person who is humble, relates to others with kindness – and has achieved so much.
A life motto I have held (aspirationally!) since I was a teenager and first came across it is “Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God”. Desmond Tutu seems a great example of living this out.
I came across another life motto attributed to him: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
I love that combination of the small and the big picture! In each of our small ways we too can do a little bit.
This is Thoughtful Thursday on 18 June 2020.
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