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While incarcerated on Robben Island prison, Nelson Mandela recited this poem, "Invictus", to other prisoners and was empowered by its message of self mastery and hope above all trials. Written by William Ernest Henley, it endures as strongly today as ever. We define our own destinies through our choices. Choose well.

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.