Monday, December 27, 2010


One of the most powerful poems written is “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley.  As stated in Wikipedia, At the age of 12, Henley fell victim to tuberculosis of the bone. A few years later, the disease progressed to his foot, and physicians announced that the only way to save his life was to amputate directly below the knee. It was amputated when he was 25. In 1875, he wrote the "Invictus" poem from a hospital bed.
I first learned the poem “Invictus “while going through my process to enter into the folds of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  Since learning this poem in Spring 2001, it has become one of my all time favorites.   During trying times, during hardships, I have learned to recite this poem.  In so many ways, it reminds me that when times are hard, I control the outcome – I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.  This poem has been on my heart the past few days and I encourage you to read the poem and really get an understanding of the message.   Lastly, I encourage you to apply the principles mentioned into your daily walk.
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.

Stay Positive, Stay Driven, Stay Motivated.

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