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Acknowledge the strength of your soul

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The inspiration for British poet William Ernest Henley’s 1875 poem, Invictus, came from the Latin for “unconquered.

Nelson Mandela described this poem as an inspiration during his 27-year imprisonment under apartheid. And Mandela’s struggle and triumph inspired the 2009 book by John Carlin and film by director Clint Eastwood that share the title of Henley’s poem.

From the word to the poem to the book and movie, invictus urges us to acknowledge the strength of our souls and our ability to be “bloody, but unbowed.”

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