We can be destroyed by catastrophe, not just materially, but morally and spiritually. Trauma can destroy our characters; poverty can destroy; insult, neglect, war all can affect and destroy character.
Yet one must admire those who do not bow to humanity’s moral fragility, but insist on resilience – the inner strength and that ability to face the best and worst with dignity and defiance.
With a message revealing fortitude, grit, determination and strength in the face of adversity, the poem Invictus has been quoted by many – Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi..
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 bludgeoning 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.
Walking away but coming back..