Desmond Tutu in clerical dress, smiling

1931 – 2021

“Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you’ve closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart.”

Desmond Tutu originally trained to be a teacher. But after three years of teaching, he decided to go back and study theology. He became an Anglican priest and ultimately became the archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa. Desmond never imagined he would enter the world of politics, but he realised his position in the church could help in the fight to bring down apartheid in his home country. Desmond worked tirelessly to help win rights and justice for black South Africans, always seeing the humanity in a situation. For his efforts, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

Are you able to remain kind even when you are fighting for something that you believe in strongly? 

Photo: John Mathew Smith & from Laurel  Maryland, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0