The title is the last two lines in the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley.
How many of us are inspired by challenges? I wish I was one to say YES I am inspired. The truth is – challenges weigh me down. I am inspired by the movie “Invitus” as I learn how Nelson Mandela overcame many challenges to be the great leader he was. I am inspired how a country turned to cheer for a team that many once hated. I am inspired to do what? I see these inspirational movies and ask – what do I do?
How does one take the challenges of life and turn them into inspiration?
I was a victim in childhood. Through childhood, despite this trauma, I was strong and overcame and even thrived. As an adult, this childhood trauma haunts and weighs me down. Mr. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. When released, he became president of South Africa and not only influenced his country but the world. I write my little blog hoping people enjoy, are entertained, sometimes informed and most of all… are inspired.
People hear my stories and say it sounds like a movie! Well… I hope to start with readers on a blog….then maybe a book…. then maybe a movie! I find it very difficult to find inspiration in myself, but somehow think I can inspire others. I may never inspire myself, others, my country, the country that has adopted me or the world… but maybe I can start small and inspire myself to belive someone is reading this and saying… he tries his writing… maybe I can try _____! Try do express yourself maybe we can inspire each other to influence maybe not THE whole world… but influence OUR world!
I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. – William Ernest Henley 1875
I need to be master of my fate: I need to be captain of my soul. But how do I begin? – Thomas Johnston – 2010