free. daily.

Today of all days, as an icon of humanity and democracy and a man known for so many achievements on behalf of others passes, here is a little montage of daily freedoms: things we take for granted and assume all too easily are shared somehow, in some way, by the vast majority. Today of all days, may we be grateful for what we have and commit to fighting harder and with integrity for those without.

“I love playing and chatting with children…feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my…life. I like relaxing at the house, reading quietly, taking in the sweet smell that comes from the pots, sitting around a table with the family and taking out my wife and children. When you can no longer enjoy these simple pleasures something valuable is taken away from your life and you feel it in your daily work.” Nelson Mandela

“Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”