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"I am the master of my Fate, I am the captain of my soul" Tuesday September 30, 2014

Invictus- a poem written by William Ernest Henley, is the latin word for "Unconquered".

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

To me, these words are a reminder, that I am not the only one who struggles through dark and tumultuous times. We all have hardships, whether that be our outer reality or a struggle with our inner emotional landscape, or both. The poem's author Henley wrote this at a time when he was suffering through immense pain, he had already endured an impoverished childhood and had his leg amputated due to complications from tuberculosis.

Nelson Mandela drew inspiration from this poem while serving his 27 years in prison at a time when there was almost no hope for a brighter future, he read it to his fellow political prisoners.

When life gets tough, I remind myself that even during the darkest and most difficult of times, there is still an unyielding opportunity for someone to achieve self mastery. That there remains regardless a small part of our souls and our minds that does not need to be overwhelmed or tainted by life's hardships. That in all of us, no matter how difficult our experiences, have a part of ourselves that can remain "unconquered"- that can remain Invictus.


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Rupert Tue, Sep 30th 2014 @ 8:11am

I absolutely love that poem - fighting talk - very inspirational!!

Anonymous Tue, Sep 30th 2014 @ 8:17am

Thank you, What a fabulous poem to read and the comment afterwards was lovely to!

heather Tue, Sep 30th 2014 @ 10:42am

Awesome ! Love from Heather xx

Julia Tue, Sep 30th 2014 @ 10:44am

Agree, what a wonderful poem, new to me so thank you Taylor. You have reminded me of Nelson Mandela and that inspiring picture of him on New Years day 2000, lighting a candle at the entrance to his prison cell.

Anonymous Tue, Sep 30th 2014 @ 11:11am

The Invictus Games were a real inspiration, as is this poem. Thanks Taylor for reminding me of the poem.

Anonymous Tue, Sep 30th 2014 @ 1:03pm

of course we are responsable of all our actions in life,but we can,t manage everything,we can,t be invictus if we don,t ask for the help of the Lord

Alexia Tue, Sep 30th 2014 @ 9:54pm

What a deeply beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing.

Lex McKee Tue, Sep 30th 2014 @ 10:44pm

Wonderful and stirring "stuff"...
It reminds me of a definition of (good) rebellion:
"My father commanded me to sit down... ...but I was standing up on the inside!"
I Am The Master of My Fate; I Am The Captain of My Soul!

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