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Invictus – My Brithday Gift to You

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As an early surprise birthday gift, I got to see the movie Invictus last night starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.

The movie is absolutely worth seeing and I highly recommend it.

My birthday gift to you is a poem Nelson Mandela shared with the captain of the beleaguered South African rugby team.  It is the poem that saw him through the darkest days of his twenty-five year imprisonment.

Escaping mediocrity and burning ships and playing to win, while exciting, will necessarily bring with it a few dark moments. Print this poem out and keep it in plain view so it will be there when you need it.

I already have. 🙂

Invictus by William Earnest 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.

William Ernest Henley

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