You are the master of your fate

Sara Editor
  • I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.


    I went to see the movie "Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push' by Sapphire" on Sunday. It was a heartbreaking, painful, gut wrenching and important movie; and I totally recommend that everyone go see it.


    But that's not what this post is about. During the previews for ‘Precious,' a preview for the upcoming Morgan Freeman/Matt Damon film, "Invictus" was rolled. The clip begins with a sweeping pan of a South African prison and Morgan Freeman's hushed voice reciting a line from William Ernest Henley's Poem ‘Invictus:'


    I thank whatever Gods may be

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    For my unconquerable soul.
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.


    Now, this movie (out December 11th) is about Nelson Mandella's (Freeman) efforts to reunite South Africa during the apartheid period through Rugby. I predict an abundance of sexy Matt Damon scenes, inspiring Freeman monologues and Oscar buzz.


    But it was the words of Henley's poem that struck me in the movie theater. "I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul." Obviously, this idea can be applied to many lofty ideas and goals, such a reuniting a nation as it is in the upcoming movie, or fighting an actual battle as it is in the poem.


    But it can also be applied to our smaller struggles, such as a personal struggle with weight, fitness and nutrition as many of you battle on a daily basis. Anyone who has tried to make a significant lifestyle change - that is, break free of bad habits and bad circumstances that lead to unhealthy results - will tell you, there are times when you feel that your circumstances are completely out of your control. That no matter what you do, the weight you are, the health you have and the life you have are the ones you are stuck with no matter how hard you try.


    The next time you think these thoughts, I want you to remember Henley's words with the emphasis on the "I"
    I am the master of my fate, and I am the captain of my soul.
    This will do two things for you.


    1) Make your goals instantly possible because YOU are in charge

    2) Put the responsibility of achieving those goals squarely on your shoulders


    Try it and let me know how it works.


    Be Well and be your OWN master.

Published On: November 17, 2009