WoW Fridays: Nelson Mandela

Good morning! Can you believe that we’re on Day Ten of our virtual advent calendar already?! I can’t. Where has this week gone?!? I know I say this to you all of the time, but my goodness, time flies when I’m hanging out here with you.

This week has passed me by in a blur of desserts and virtual dates and more desserts. Which was, quite frankly, exactly what I needed after slogging through a particularly rough stretch in Corporate World; and I’m so glad that I got to share it with you.

I had originally planned to re-post some old favourite Words of Wisdom today, to continue our sweet trend. but when I thought about it I realized I wanted to talk about another kind of sugar instead.

(No, not that kind of sugar – EJ’s not here today. Besides, my mom reads this blog from time to time. Hi, Mom!)

No, I decided that today I wanted to talk about a very particular kind of sweetness, that feeling that settles over us at this time of year when we realize just how lucky we are to have each other.

โ€œNo one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.โ€

– Nelson Mandela

People have written and remembered a great deal about President Mandela since he passed away earlier this month (and I hope they continue to do so for a long time) but this quote in particular has stayed with me recently. There is so much ridiculous pressure on us to be healthy at this time of year (“Eat Like a Small Woodland Creature and Avoid Holiday Weight Gain!” screams every magazine cover ever issued in December,) but when I heard this quote, I couldn’t help thinking that this is the only “natural diet” we need to follow.

Just love. That’s it.

Let’s stick to that meal plan, okay?

I’ll be here continuing our virtual advent calendar until December 24th, but if I don’t see you, have a safe and wonderful holiday season! Look after yourselves, and look after each other, would you? Here’s today’s treat to send you on your way. It comes, of course, with love:

giphylove amb

9 thoughts on “WoW Fridays: Nelson Mandela

  1. was I just hugged by a penguin? Cute! Great quote and agree that how we treat each other is quite possibly the most important factor in just about everything. Yes to love ๐Ÿ™‚ (mixed in with the appropriate amount of frustration, etc when dealing with family members–just to keep it real, lol)

    Another happy: my oldest is watching Elf at her school today. How cool is that? Thinking you should suggest that to your boss. You DID win them the amb award after all ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Fandango Friday away, my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I agree, Sam! Love that phrase and also find it ironic as these same magazines offer pictures of these skinny models drinking high-cal cocktails and eating peanut butter balls. And then there are recipes for the peanut butter balls. How to reconcile?

      Like your plan of foraging, though. May I join you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I love this quote. And I love that we can add as many cookies and rummy eggnogs as necessary to this perfect diet of loving our neighbor.

    Thanks for the virtual hug! Sending one back your way. Have a great evening, lovely!

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