Custodians of HOPE
With the recent Mandela Day Collection held at School, I felt that I would write about a topic that was fundamental to Nelson Mandela’s life, namely optimism and hope. Nelson Mandela was quoted as saying, “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.”
Hope is not about wishful thinking, but is a mental trait that develops a feeling of optimism to develop positive attitudes, to enable one to face the most negative times. Dr. Vicki Zakrzewski defines hope as, ‘’ The perceived capability to derive pathways to desired goals, and motivate oneself via agency thinking to use those pathways."