Yesterday, I watched the movie about Nelson Mandela. The title of the movie was Invictus, named after the poem by William Earnest Henley. I have to admit that was a powerful movie and one that carries a message that I always believe in. That message being that one person can make a difference.
In the movie, and I assume it is correct, Mandela said that the poem Invictus helped him in some of his darkest hours and kept him standing when he wanted to lie down. How anyone can spend 27 years in a small cell and not come out bitter? That shows the true strength and character of the man.
If you have not seen the movie, I encourage you to rent it and watch it. I don’t think anyone can watch that movie and not be impressed and not be inspired. It is rare that an individual is given the opportunity to make an impact as Mandela was given. It is even more rare that an individual will rise to the challenge as Mandela did and not fail.
If you happen to be finding your life riddled with some of life’s pitfalls, health, money, relationship, etc. just consider Nelson Mandela spending 27 years in a small cell only to become the president of a country and change the course of history for that country. Your problems may become smaller. Who knows, you may also come out of your trials and make a difference in someone’s life.
Let me leave you with the poem that Mandela said helped him through some of his darkest hours.
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.