Learning more about the title of this new Hollywood movie (which is about a South African story), truly inspired me! The Latin word 'invictus' means "unconquerable" - and is also the title of a poem by William Ernest Henley. I am proud to be South African and the great opportunities I have in this country. Fighting for success and standing up from the dust that life throws into your face is everyone's story. Mandela spent 27 years in prison and could have hated the white man for putting him there, instead, he united a country and served all its citizens. He wrote this poem on a piece of paper during his incarceration. We often hate our lives only to realize it's honestly not that bad.
Here's the poem. Have a blessed weekend!!
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.