“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”
This was the inspirational quote from the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley that expressed Nelson Mandela’s foundational life experience. He discovered this poem while he was serving a life sentence on Robben Island, a former Leprosy Colony. This quote became the meaning and mission of his life; it served as an anchor that kept him grounded when his natural response would have been one of fear, anger or hatred. Mandela used it as a mantra that inspired him to deal with the hard times when he wanted to give up; it helped him answer the existential questions: Who am I? What is life all about?
Mandela used the power of his mantra to empower not only those who were in prison with him but also those in charge of that prison. His mantra inspired him to work for reconciliation rather than petty revenge; it helped him to stand alone against some of the powerful nations of the world.
Mandela believed that we all need inspiration. Would you care to share your inspirational mantra? I have a tremendous sense of intimacy with the Divine Essence. It gives me the courage to jump over the cliffs of life, knowing fully well that the Divine Energy will keep me flying beyond sacred boundaries always seeking new horizons. Convinced that living with enough is living in abundance helps me enjoy the fullness of life more and more every day. Intimacy with the Divine Essence resonates through every fiber of my being and is expressed by my mantra: You are Mine!