RSS Feed

Invictus

Life is a spiritual event. Those people and things we love inspire us to keep our heads up and our souls unconquerable. William Ernest Henley provided us with wonderful words that echo this way of understanding life and its relationships.

Apparently, this was Nelson Mandela’s favourite poem. When I read it, I understand what made it important in his life and what it reveals about leadership.

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.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

20 responses »

  1. Yes, this is a most inspirational poem for holding on! It got me through some dark days, my son as well and he even has a few lines on his back in a permanent fashion! Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  2. Very moving words my friend! I enjoyed it so!

    Reply
  3. Yes it is an inspiring piece.

    Reply
  4. I aspire to believe these words that inspire me now whenever I am in the thick of it, facing whatever may chance to come my way. Thanks for sharing such poetic wisdom today.

    Reply
  5. Pride is not the absence of shame… Courage is not the absence of fear… They are proofs of overcoming our weaknesses. I love the poem!

    Reply
  6. Very good piece of work, I like it, good post.

    Reply
  7. super-connu… j’ai utilisé la dernière strophe comme “motto” d’un post d’il y a qqs mois… amitiés sincères, Mélanie

    Reply
  8. This is so self aware. Truly spiritual. Truly human.

    Reply
  9. Great Words. Inspiring poem.
    Wishing you very Happy New Year 2014.
    All the Best.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,261 other followers

%d bloggers like this: