The Ubuntu Diaries are a collection of real life experiences comprised of stories of inspiration, acts of kindness and extraordinary human connections.
With the encouragement of friends and loved ones, I decided to share The Ubuntu Diaries with the world in the hope that these real life stories would bring joy to others and demonstrate how small acts can lead to unimaginable outcomes. It is my belief that nothing can replace the joy we feel when we are giving to others. As Lewis Carroll wrote, “One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”
In the Nguni language, Ubuntu is described as the belief that we are defined by our compassion and kindness towards others. For some, Ubuntu is something akin to a soul force – an actual metaphysical connection shared between people and which helps us connect to each other. Archbishop Desmond Tutu famously described Ubuntu as meaning “My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours”.
It is my greatest wish that The Ubuntu Diaries will inspire you, become a source of joy and highlight that our humanity is truly connected.
1 Angela Thompsell, The Meaning of Ubuntu, Thought Co. February 2017