Who knows why you lingered so long before completing your mission. Perhaps it was allow friends, family and kinsfolk time to complete unfinished business and to contemplate the full impact of your legacy.
#Madiba, your mission on earth is now finished. And what a mission it was. You came to expose injustice and teach that just and equal practices were consistent with the laws of nature and God. You came to teach the true meaning of sacrifice: to make holy. By your sacrifice - 27 years of incarceration and suffering - you made the ideals of freedom and equality truly holy. You taught the true meaning of forgiveness: a refusal to hold ill will against anyone, especially South African Whites, despite all of the indignities and injustices heaped upon you and Black people. You came to teach humility: despite your hugeness of stature, you have always remained humble and dignified. You taught about perseverance, persistence and peace. You taught unconditional love, beaming your own love onto all of your countrymen, regardless of skin colour, religious, or other persuasion. You loved the children, who after all are the base on which our future stands. The light you allowed to shine within you allowed others to experience and see their own light. And you taught us all about the lightness of being, generosity of spirit and magnanimity.
The extent to which your lessons have been assimilated and learnt by your kinsmen remains to be seen. For many, the leap into saintliness and Statesmanship may have been too big a gap to span, but no one can have been left untouched by your essence and what you shared during your time on earth.
So, thank you for undertaking this mission. Not quite mission impossible, but certainly not one for the faint-hearted. All of us in South Africa (and indeed the world) owe you a debt of gratitude. My wish is that we repay it by taking and assimilating the lessons you shared and truly embracing the values, humanity and ideals for which you stood.
Go In Peace, Madiba. We never met, but I shall miss you. Namaste.