Wijze woorden

Nelson Mandela vertelt, in Conversation With Myself, het volgende wat resoneert met mij: 

In judging our progress as individuals, we tend to concentrate on external factors
such as one’s social position, influence and popularity, wealth and the standard of education.
These are, of course, important in measuring one’s success in material matters
and it is perfectly understandable if many people exert themselves mainly to achieve all these.
But...... 

 

Internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one’s development as a human being.
Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others
—qualities which are within easy reach of every soul—are the foundation of one’s spiritual life.
Development in matters of this nature is inconceivable without serious introspection,
without knowing yourself, your weaknesses and mistakes.”