Virtue of the Week: Responsibility

Nelson Mandela“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

“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.”

“Invictus” was recited by the late Nelson Mandela while he was imprisoned for 27 long years.

This poem gave him courage and strength to endure those miserable years inside a matchbox like cell.

The poem is about humanity. We all have our own fights; big or small. We wage our battles for several reasons; a loved one, another person, a job, our spouse, our children, our very survival.

We must take responsibility for our battles. We are not victims, we are masters of our fate… we are the captains of our soul.

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