Tip of the Day: This Place of Wrath and Tears

by Eubie on October 4, 2013

Instead of the practical (which, lately, we’re finding increasingly difficult to offer), we’re going to be doing a few daily inspirational tips to send you on your way into the world. Today’s Moment of Zen, as they like to say over at Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, comes from 19th century poet William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), and it comes, obviously, from his most famous work, Invictus (1875). Here goes:

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.

Why such a dark ‘inspirational’ message? Well, we tend to think of this as a rather uplifting set of couplets. Yes, yes, it is about death, but the theme is facing it (and all other things) with courage. The road is dark, the end darker still, but you don’t have to give into the fear. Rise above it… and one way to do that is to read Henley’s poem!

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