I watched Invictus this weekend. Great movie and worth seeing if you get a chance. The movie tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and successful rise as South Africa’s President. The name of the movie comes from a poem by William Ernest Henley that Mandela kept with him while in prison.
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 gait,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Hard to imagine anyone spending 25 years in prison and then being as positive, forgiving and productive as he was. We draw inspiration from him and he drew inspiration from this poem. He truly is the master of his fate