Monday Motivation: Once More Into the Fray

Once more into the fray
Into the last good fight I’ll ever know
Live and die on this day
Live and die on this day

This little four-line poem was in a movie called The Grey with Liam Neeson. I saw the movie in theaters, and when these four lines were spoken, I got goosebumps. It could be interpreted a couple of different ways, depending on if you’re having an optimistic or pessimistic kind of day. For me, it reminds me to push through each day, regardless of how hard the fight. There are mornings when I wake up feeling sick to my stomach, every joint aching, eyes unwilling to stay open. On those mornings, I think about this little poem. I get out of bed, and I move….

Once more into the fray….

After I got released from physical therapy and started to run again, my legs hurt. My pride hurt worse. I am still not where I was before, yet I got on that treadmill today…

Once more into the fray…

Every single day, we are given an opportunity for greatness. It doesn’t just fall in your lap. Good things don’t just happen. You have to make them happen.

Once more into the fray…


  1. MadcapMiss says:

    Here is my favorite all time poem that motivates me…
    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.

    It’s the final lines in each stanza that bolster me in times of darkness:
    “For my unconquerable soul.”
    “My head is bloody, but unbowed.”
    “Finds and shall find me unafraid.”
    “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

    These lines strengthen and support me in the times when I’m fighting with this disease. This disease that tries unendingly to ground me into immobility. I will not stop moving forward. I will not stop fighting. I WILL be the master of my fate…the captain of my soul.

    • Heather says:

      Excellent poem. The last two lines are so powerful. Thank you for sharing! I looked it up, and it turns out the word “invictus” is Latin for “unconquered.” That title was added by an editor. It might be my new favorite word. It also turns out that the author of this poem had tuberculosis and lost a foot at the age of 17! Health problems may be difficult to live with, yet they can also inspire creativity and greatness in people.

    • iamfading says:

      I really connected with the poem in the movie The Grey. It inspired me to fight, to make no excuses, to not be afraid; to fail and try again the next day. This hits home because on those bad days, when every symptom of narcolepsy hits, and my cataplexy is out of control; I feel like a failure. But this poem gives me reason, reminds me that everyone feels this way regardless if they live with narcolepsy or not. It reminds me to FIGHT!

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