Saturday 20 May 2017

The Invictus Soul...Unconquerable, Undefeated (Part One)

Just what was in the mind of the English poet, William Ernest Henley, as he wrote this poem - "INVICTUS?" He contracted tuberculosis of the bone at the tender age of 12. The disease progressed to his foot, such that the only way to save his life was to amputate directly below the knee. This was done when he was 17. 
Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do. (Napoleon Hill)
Invictus exudes a very passionate fervor that any person with an understanding of hardship can associate with. The word “Invictus” is a Latin word meaning “unconquerable” or “undefeated.” The poem is an encouragement to never lose hope irrespective of how bad the situation might be. Life is not easy. Life is not meant to be easy. It happens to every one of us, without exception. We each have our own story. It does not always reflect on our faces, nor does the expression make it any easier, or more difficult. Just like our faces, our stories might be just as different.
Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do. (BrenĂ© Brown)
It is our story. It is our cup to drink. It is our cross to bear. It is our shoe to wear. If ours, then, we are graced to handle it. If ours, then, it is in us to conquer. It is in us to overcome. For, we are each SHAPED for PURPOSE (FUNCTION). It might not always appear so, but deep in each of us are unlimited resources we can tap into. No one else is going to do that for us. We have to dig deep within our self. For life is won from within, not without. It is the place of life to test us. It is our place to show up. It is our place to show what we are made of. Life does its thing, and we do ours. 
Everyone has their own story and that’s something I hope for everyone to learn at a young enough age. Just because something is right for someone else doesn’t make it right for you. It’s cooler to be yourself. (Hayley Williams)
We only win when we show up. We only win when we live up to our own part. Life will NEVER ask more than we can give, even though it might not seem apparent, while we are in the fire. There is a reservoir of unlimited supply in us. There is a spirit; there is a soul with unlimited potentials and strength. Our place is to tap into it. Our place is to dig deep. Life shakes off the things that are shakable in us to reach to the things that are firm. It forces on us to rid ourselves of superstitions and sentiments so as to lay hold on the things that are unshakable. So as to lay hold on eternal truths and principles. Life makes us solid, by filling us, shaking and making us to overflow. It comes to mature us - force us into our destiny.

Napoleon Hill puts it like this,
"Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."
Our place is never to give up, never to quit, and never to be ordinary. There is nothing ordinary about us. We are "Invictus." We are made of gold. We are made of steel. We have a spirit of life. We have an unlimited, unconquerable and undefeatable soul. There is a wealth of riches and abundance within. We must never let that go. We must never let that go to waste. We must never let that be in vain. We are "Invictus." We win. That is who we are. That is what we do. That is our nature. That is our calling. We must lay a hold of Hope. We must lay a hold of Faith. We must lay a hold of Love. And, let them lead us home. Let them lead us to our destiny. Let them lead us to our wealthy, large place. We are "Invictus." We win. That is what we do. It is in our DNA.
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
In this series we will share stories of "Invictus Souls" (Gladiators of Life) hoping to glean from their experiences in a bid to stir up our own "Invictus - ness." Stay tuned and be blessed.

’What is our aim?’ I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival. (Winston Churchill, Challenge to the British people during World War II)

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