This Story is not about Sylvester Stallone (nick-named “Sly” who plays Rocky in the boxer movies).
It is not about boxers or boxing.
It is about the spirit that moves through Sylvester Stallone and boxers and all of Life and Creation.
What do boxers and athletes and “Sly” have to do with you or with me?
The spirit of training or learning and knowing thyself, and of being and doing including doing one’s best in order to achieve an outcome, is within each and every one of us. The spirit of Source animates the trees, the rocks, sky and our mineral resources, and us. This is not a theological diatribe about the Devil versus God or about how good or bad different people are. It is about potential or about “Spirit” or the will of God blowing through everything.
Rocky, in the movie, rises from obscurity, to gain self-respect and the people’s favor by doing his best against heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed. I love the theme music from the movie and the end credits to “Rocky Balboa” which shows “ordinary” people running up the 72 stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here are the lyrics from the original “Rocky” theme song.
Gonna Fly Now (Rocky theme song)
Trying hard now
It’s so hard now
Trying hard now
Gettin’ strong now
Coming on, now
Gettin’ strong now
Gonna fly now
Flyin’ high now
Gonna fly, fly, fly
I believe that the Spirit of God, no matter what religion one may follow, puts the wind behind us, to help us fly. Now these reflections are not about condoning boxing or Slyvester Stallone or the making of Hollywood block-busters, so no dialogue about the ethical values of any of these will be entered into.
My point is that, in my opinion, the energy of Source (or of God or the Divine) fulfills the Earth or brings things to birth (however convoluted or inter-weaved / complex) as the song goes, and it is how we transform this “wind” or “breath” through our choices, conscious and sub-conscious, that paints or introduces the nuances or colours of our day-to-day lives and our quality of living and co-existing with our natural environment. We have choices about how we perceive things and the ability to reflect and to understand our inter-connections.
Life sometimes throws us curved balls or lemons, but we have the power and the will to catch them or to turn lemons into lemonade. Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Oscar Romero all suffered greatly, but kept the flame of the untouchable spirit of God kindled. This flame or Spirit of God is the spark of love for others and for oneself and for all that is, that helps us get through our trials and tribulations.
This does not mean we that have to “solve” things on our own, but we have the ability to try to find help if we need it and to reflect upon our personal lives, and to connect with what supports us, to find balance, and to delete mediocrity from our thoughts and feelings.
There is no such thing as mediocrity when we have such potential to choose from moment to moment.
Rocky Balboa simply demonstrated his personal journey of self-discovery about such.
Remember that the Spirit of God is within you and can move mountains. Blow, blow, blow till I be. The breath of the Spirit is blowing in you and me. You can listen to the song on You Tube here. It is a version by Sr. Bubbles Bandojo. It can be found in her album “Sing of Him”. I love this song and all the songs by Sister Miriam Therese.