Today my mind was swirling with good thoughts. That well-loved line came to mind, “I am the captain of my soul.” I was out and about, and I purposed to look up the entire poem again when I got back to The Loft. It’s a poem that Michaela had to copy for copywork back in the day.
by William Ernest Henley
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 aloud.
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 strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
I am not sure why it appeals to me so much. I have a reverent (indeed, I hope!) understanding that God will be the final say on our souls’ destinations, but I understand too that a very precious freedom has been placed in our hands to make our own choices. It’s a delicate thing! At any rate, I think it’s the spirit of the voice in the poem, so determined, so strong! I admire it.
In other news, I made today, according to the clerks at the grocery co-op, “the coolest vest ever.”
I must say, I am pleased with it. It’s called “the huntress vest.” I have started making very specific labels for these items headed to the shop, picturing the items worn and naming some of the items. I am getting in a groove with this thing, peeps.
Oh, and I made a new wreath. Always gotta be something going on. I suppose you see the blossom covered twine interwoven here?
I wish I could sit and chat with you for hours. I am happy. Life goes on. I am thankful for every single minute I am given. Thankful for health and friends and family. I have a story that Henny said I absolutely must share. And another story that you need to hear, probably. Maybe. So stay tuned. And please don’t forget that I am thinking of buying a vehicle. No, a money tree did not sprout up outside of my window. It will take lots of work and determination, but I am on the road a lot these days, and I must think ahead!
Any advice on what type of SUV looks good, gets good mileage, and has a good reputation?
Enjoy this day!