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November 1, 2018
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Mandela love letters to Winnie

I feel like staying in bed. I feel like punching him right in the face. What if we could all just go with the flow according to our feelings? After all it’s about being in the moment is it not? Put another way, having no filters between what we think and what we do. That just might be the next most dangerous thing even before the atomic bomb! Why? Words spoken and actions that hurt are so difficult to undo.

Love, a powerful emotion

Love is an emotion which can cause a person to be impulsive and do crazy things. It is also a deliberate choice where the emotions fade and the mundane day-to-day of life takes over. It is amazing how long distance lovers in the past would write long letters to each other. This has since been replaced with “less poetic expressions” – face chat and phone texting. Either way, deliberate plans need to be made to keep in touch.

Nelson & Winnie Mandela

Nelson Mandela over his 27 year jail term on Robben Island wrote letters to his family members. It is in his letters to Winnie that one sees how he misses her and the deep love that he has for her. One such letter reads:

          April 15, 1976

My dearest Winnie,Your beautiful photo still stands about two feet above my left shoulder as I write this note. I dust it carefully every morning, for to do so gives me the pleasant feeling that I’m caressing you as in the old days. I even touch your nose with mine to recapture the electric current that used to flush through my blood whenever I did so. Nolitha stands on the table directly opposite me. How can my spirits ever be down when I enjoy the fond attentions of such wonderful ladies?

Such were the letters that Mandela wrote to Winnie and his loved ones even when not knowing if they would reach them as the prison authorities at times did not send them or delayed them for some time.

Love is a feeling but even more than that; love is a deep, deep emotion that even beyond actions can at times be best expressed when written down.

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