I watched the movie not too long ago and found it to be incredibly inspiring. Nelson Mandela’s actions of forgiveness are breath taking. I am inspired to the core by his example. His ability to truly forgive and see the Big Picture, changed a nation and the world. I could not help but wonder if I was capable of such unconditional love and forgiveness?
In the movie Nelson Mandela states he was kept strong during his 30 years in prison by this very poem. May it strengthen your soul as it has mine, repeatedly.
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