South Africa Pigrimage: the culmination

South Africa Pigrimage: the culmination

A mountaintop experience

Yesterday the South Africa Pilgrimage came to a symbolic close.

We took the cable car to the top of the spectacular Table Mountain and built a cairn of rocks symbolising the relationships made, lessons learned and moments we don’t want to forget.

For me the pilgrimage has been about coming face to face with heroes. People who have given and are giving themselves for a purpose bigger than themselves.

As I placed my rock on the cairn, that was what I said it represented.

Last night I gave the wrap up talk. I feel a bit frustrated that I wasn’t able to capture the heart of what I have seen here. There are two quotes though, from Nelson Mandela, that say it much better than I ever could:

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
I think the gift South Africa gives the world is a challenge: the challenge not to let your environment dictate your character, the challenge not to settle for what is, the challenge to dream of a different tomorrow.
It was inspiring to hear the reflections of the pilgrims on their experience, and to see how profoundly it has impacted them.
It was uplifting to hear the heartfelt prayers for this nation and continent on top of the mountain.
It is exciting to be able to tell you that today in a Capetown attorney’s office, Fusion South Africa will be born.
My challenge for the next days is to be talking with those who have been here and are here about what comes next.
There are many possibilities, and it feels as though things are coming together.
Pilgrims in front of cairn on top of table mountain

The spectacular Table mountain

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