I know many people don’t/won’t read poetry – for whatever reason. But this is one that everyone should relate to – and certainly something to live life by…! TTB
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’m a great believer in reading books whether they are biographies, autobiographies, historical, or novels. They are a great way to self-educate or even just lose yourself in another little world for a few hours a day.
I’m currently re-reading Dean Koontz’s books featuring Odd Thomas (if you haven’t read these, give them a go – the man is a literary genius!).
Anyway – the point of this is not to send Dean’s sales through the roof, but to share some quotes from Odd Thomas himself:
I’m not religious, but this makes complete sense in my mind:
“You can con God and get away with it, Granny said, if you do so with charm and wit. If you live your life with imagination and verve, God will play along just to see what outrageously entertaining thing you will do next!”
“Most people tend to think the best of those who are blessed with beauty; we have difficulty imagining that physical perfection can conceal twisted emotions or a damaged mind.”
And my personal favourite 😉
“From time to time, I do consider that I might be mad. Like any self-respecting lunatic, however, I am always quick to dismiss any doubts about my sanity!”
If you haven’t read Odd Thomas – I recommend you do!