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Faizel, South Africa

I was fortunate to have known the Arch and we met on numerous occasions, we wrote to each other on email and he always was loving and caring to me as a person. I always learnt about the importance of Ubuntu and when we communicated it was around ideas of people, how to develop and help people. Arch's perspective on life, forgiveness and joy was always infectious when in his presence and how he dealt with matters.

Watching Mission: JOY and this after the sad passing away of Arch, my life's mission and passion has always been to help others. I have not actively pursued academics or a career, and for long I didn't understand why I lacked that ambition. It now makes sense to me because perhaps my mission in life is to continue giving to others, listening to people and sharing a word of comfort. It truly find joy in seeing others happy, seeing others succeed in life, and it fills my chest, my heart and soul with so much joy and often drives me to tears. I find that being the most important lesson in life.

No matter what or race, our religion, our social and economic status, our sexual orientation, our political affiliation, we are all human, created by an Almighty God. We should focus on the goodness within us, our ability to share love and kindness, to share joy, as that is what ultimately fulfills us as human beings. As Arch said, "We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low." God wants us to serve humanity in love and kindness as that is how we show God's Love. Thank you to Arch for your life, your sacrifices and sharing your wisdom. Thank you to the Dalai Lama for the special friendship he shared with Arch, and to share their views on life and how to attain Joy!!

Faizel with Archbishop Tutu

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