Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Way Back Wednesday has arrived for us again and it has brought the fall chill with it. We’re not going too far back today, just to the tail end of the 90’s but for a song that is timeless. The one, the only, the man with more sage gambling advice than Amarillo Slims, Kenny Rogers with “The Greatest.” Growing up, this song struck me as odd. I sat down and listened/watched it one day, happened to catch it on CMT. As an avid Kenny Rogers fan, I enjoyed it and thought that was an interesting way of looking at things. At the time, I didn’t really notice the significance of what Rogers and Schlitz were trying to pass onto us here. Today, we should take a minute to listen to not only this song, but the message behind it. I want to be good at this, so I’m going to give it my all and spend hours upon hours for who knows how long in dedication of this. Whenever I feel defeated, I’m going to look at the other side, the side that tells me that I am great at this. I’m not defeated, I’m just excellent in an entirely different way than I had previously thought. This song was written by the brilliant Don Schlitz (Who on the off-chance he reads this should totally bring back “Don for a Dollar” nights on Stageit!) and it’s always something we should strive to remember throughout life. I’m confident in what I’m doing and regardless of how I struggle, I refuse to give up. Within these struggles I’m going to find a different strength, or an idea that will get me through this. If I can’t approach it this way, I will approach it this way.

“I am the greatest, that is a fact,

But even I didn't know I could pitch like that!"

Says, "I am the greatest, that is understood,

But even I didn't know I could pitch that good!”

Contributor: Alyse Smith
Follow Alyse on Twitter at @ASmith1300

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