Did Rocky Have it Right?

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does”. — William James. Some days we each wonder if we are making any headway at all. We might wonder if our efforts are making a dent. Of course they are! Sometimes we just can’t see it. Other days we can see evidence of the difference we make. Either way, whether we see it or not, right below the surface the threads of the tapestry of our life are becoming a beautiful picture.

We are weaving the tapestries of our lives.

But boy oh boy life can wear us down. You feel like you hear the same arguments and stridency over and over and over. You keep giving positive input. “They” keep being negative and divisive. They might even call you names. I know they do with me….Indeed, life beats us up.

Ding! Here is an analogy. When we were kids one of my brothers bought a rock polisher. He would put arrowheads, agates, Β and other pebbles in there for polishing. When that contraption was on, with the agates and stones inside it was exceedingly, almost deafeningly noisy. It went on for days (around the clock). But when the cycle was complete, those rough little pebbles were shimmeringly beautiful. Perhaps our lives are like that rock polisher: noisy, irritating, involving a lot of being banged around. Our own selves cannot become shiny, glowy, compassionate, loving, and empathetic without a whole lot of noisy polishing processes.

The mistake I (and perhaps you) make is to use those bad events, losses, and difficulties as excuses to stop trying or develop a negative attitude. The Rocky movies have always spoken to me. The first one and the final one (entitled Rocky Balboa) touched me deeply. But I find that the character of Rocky has changed and evolved and been a real representation of some of the things going on in our society at the time each of the Rocky movies was made. That fact has resonated through his movies. Each one has imparted lessons that I’ve taken to heart.

In the final film there was a very touching scene between Rocky and his son. Rocky gave a very moving speech about persistance. Rocky’s son has developed a bad attitude and has been blaming all of his alleged troubles on the “burden” of living in his father’s shadow. Rocky delivers a knock-out punch of a soliloquoy.

Somewhere along the line you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good; and when things got hard you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. You gotta hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit or how many times you get hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep getting back up and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!

Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers sayin’ you ain’t what you wanna be because of him or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! Until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life”.

That scene spoke to me. There are times in the battles of life when it seems easier to not get up. But of course we must. We must press on. We must finish the race. God will give us the strength to do that. People who love us will strengthen us too. So battle on today. Go the distance….always go the distance. God will be at your side. He will bandage your wounds, and cheer you on. So go the distance.

Go the distance. Celebrate your efforts.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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36 Responses to Did Rocky Have it Right?

  1. TBM says:

    I haven’t seen the last one, but loved the first one. Belief is powerful!

  2. Mike Fisk says:

    Another great reminder Kate. Grace teaches us that we can do nothing without God’s strength. When we relay on our own power to get up it’s almost impossible! We need to press on! Blessings! Mike

  3. fgassette says:

    You always make good encouraging points with life application messages. I so enjoy your post.
    Thank you for your commitment.


  4. Terri O.A. says:


  5. Great analogy Kate! So happy I chose not to let what I saw then as great mistakes dictate my life. Lessons evolved.

  6. jakesprinter says:

    Go the distance. Celebrate your efforts.
    I love this line Kate nice post πŸ™‚

  7. To not give up, to believe in who you are…..very powerful messages with great images and your analogy about the rock tumbler is great. Sooooooo noisy but creates beauty!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thank you so much. It was almost beyond belief how noisy that tumbler was….but my brother’s polished stones and the jewelry he created from them were stunning. The noise of the tumbler never even phased him.

  8. Maria Tatham says:

    Thank you, Kate. Life is tough–count on it. We have to fight, and teach others to fight, or it could be all over for them. Yes, we NEVER do this alone–that too would mean the end for us. Thank you for helping others to fight with God’s strength!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      We do have to help others fight! Boxers surely know this and always literally have people in their corner. We are not meant to do it alone. If we were, God would have quit after He created Adam.

  9. Maria Tatham says:

    Just to add: lately, I’ve felt like giving up myself. Thank you for saying this now!

  10. sarsm says:

    What I most dislike is the blame game. I can’t help myself because A, B and C happened to me. Stop. Take control of your life. You are the only one can. And go and make something of it.

    You have to believe in yourself and you have to push yourself.

    And the rewards are immense.

    Brilliantly written Kate!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks, Sarah. It is so hard sometimes to keep in mind that we don’t have to just be prostrate on the ground after a difficulty. We are more capable of changing things than we realize. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  11. Claudia says:

    Great post! Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  12. Madeline Lund says:

    You “hit one out of the park” today, my friend! I think that rock tumbler tends to make some of us dizzy and disoriented. You are lighting the way back–bless you!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks Madeline. I have vivid memories of the crashing noises emanating from my brother’s rock tumbler. Thanks for your lovely comment. It meant so much, and I am glad you could relate to today’s post. πŸ™‚

  13. Never thought I’d even LIKE a Rocky movie, let alone get teary-eyed at one, but you are right–aside from ALL the parts I knew I would not like, it is very good. πŸ˜‰

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I know what you mean. His movies were about SO much more than boxing. Yes, he’s a boxer. But oh my goodness, his underlying messages are quite deep. I could particularly relate to his final one.

  14. megtraveling says:

    Rocky has good insights about life and what’s important. His words really resonate…

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