As Another Year Turns

 

‘Invictus’ is Latin for unconquered.  Undefeated. It was the anthem used for the Invictus Games this year.

Stay safe and unconquered as we go through the Christmas period into the new year.

JB and The Dog.

(See related article, Harry of Hope.)  ‘Never Give Up’, is one I’ve kept plugged into this year along with ‘You Can Do Anything‘ and Deanna K’s Warrior Cry.  Keep strong.

 

Invictus Games…

“IT’S ABOUT MORE THAN YOUR INSPIRING STORIES 
OF RECOVERY FROM INJURY AND ILLNESS.  IT’S ABOUT YOUR EXAMPLE OF DETERMINATION, OF OPTIMISM, OF STRENGTH, HONOUR AND FRIENDSHIP, OR 
AS THE AUSSIES CALL IT, MATESHIP.    A CORE VALUE THAT 
HAS THE POWER TO INSPIRE THE WORLD.”   Harry of Sussex.

The games is an international multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associate veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.

The poem ‘Invictus’ was written in 1875 by William Ernest Henley, an English Poet, who had one of his legs amputated at the age of 17.  The poem, which he wrote while healing from the amputation, is a testimony to his refusal to let his handicap disrupt his life.  (See below).

Invictus

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.