Gail Snow Moraski gave me an 8 x 10 photo of Rocky. He had just raced up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, his arms raised in triumph. I cherished it so much, I taped it to the back of my bedroom door. I looked at it each morning before I started my day. It became a focal point for me during cancer treatment. Rocky made it up those steps…I can make it too.
Cheryl Ragsdale remembers her visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “I was in Philadelphia on assignment with a major hospital. Naomi Nagaki and I visited the museum after work. We stopped before climbing the steps as we realized where we were. One of us started doing the theme from Rocky. Spontaneously, and still in our conservative work clothes and heels, we charged up the steps! Reaching the top, each of us trying to get there first, we turned and faced the city, raising our arms and jumping up and down triumphantly. It was a priceless moment. I’ll always treasure that memory.”
We’ve included a clip from Rocky 6 (scroll down to Favorite Videos, 2 minutes of Rocky talking to his son). There are times when we need to be reminded of who we are. There are times when people help set us straight.
Rocky: “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows…life 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. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward? That’s how winning is done!”
Thank you, Sly Stallone, for creating an American touchstone. What’s stopping you from moving forward?
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