Friday, 12 September 2014

52 ~ Be the Captain of your Soul

52 of the 60 ways of Peace challenge -Be the captain of your soul... it's a line from a poem. INVICTUS by William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). 


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.

Which is why it was chosen for the Invictus Games, which started on the 10th Sept:

Finding the courage and strength to rise again

The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury. The Invictus Games will celebrate this through sporting achievement that recognises the journey to recovery these men and women are on.

Prince Harry was driven to bring the event to an international audience following his inspirational visit to the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013. The event in London will bring together for the first time servicemen and women – both serving and veteran – from 14 nations. The Invictus Games will spotlight the sacrifices these men and women made serving their country, and their indefatigable drive to overcome.

Several celebrities support the games, including Brad Pitt and the cast of FURY.

The Games logo sums it up perfectly...

I AM... the unconquerable soul.

Never forget
YOU can make a difference.

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