"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 allowed.
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 straight the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."
- William Ernest Henley
The above poem lays the foundation and thought process behind the Invictus philosophy and educational curriculum. Each of us has value, and in a perfect world, that individuality is respected. Given that the world is not perfect, we sometimes struggle to stay afloat. When the seas are rough, we can go one of two ways: Thow up our hands and let life happen to us, or reach deep and take ownership of what tomorrow holds.