You are the captain of your soul

A while back, I watched a film called Invictus. A story based on a book called ‘Playing the Enemy’ by John Carlin. This movie tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the Captain of South Africa’s rugby team.

While he was in prison Nelson Mandela regularly recited a poem called Invictus to keep him going during his difficult time. I thought it was a very appropriate poem, especially at this time! I hope it inspires you.

Here is the poem:

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.

William Ernest Henley – 1849-1903

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