Star Wars , Starbucks and the lesson that changed my life
Image credit: Quibe I grew up with a brother. Therefore, I am well-versed in all things Star Wars . I can remember building with my brother in our playroom for hours -- wooden blocks to house The Millenium Falcon, Dominoes surrounding The Death Star for good measure and the Ewok village behind Mom's spider plants, equipped with a net to catch Han, Chewie and Luke. Always, I, as Leia, would recite lines from the movie -- pleading for help, of course.
My best friend (Jen) also grew up with a brother and also shares this love of Star Wars . Cut to Jen and I very seriously talking at Starbucks about a particular scene from the movie where Luke Skywalker watches the holographic display. What does Luke see on this holograph projected by R2-D2? Oh, I will gladly tell you! He sees a very secretive Princess Leia -- in disguise -- pleading, "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." And this plea is what I believe to be one of our greatest human flaws. With my one-pump-vanilla-latté-no-foam in hand, I say to Jen, "Being like Leia sucks, because if you only have one hope in life and are attached to one solution, you're screwed." She laughs. "No, I am serious! All eggs in one basket is the worst way to live your life."
Of course, I go on to list all my "eggs in one basket" moments of destruction: These "only hopes" were ingrained into my brain as a 7-year-old in our playroom in New Jersey. "Help me, you're my only hope." And just like that, I believed it to be true. Image credit: Quibe As I left my conversation with Jen, I realized that I really am a J. I .T. (Jedi-in-training). I pride myself on it, actually. There are many skills necessary to be a Jedi but, perhaps, the most important are the following things: It can be easy to trust when everything is going your way, but what do you grab onto when it everything falls apart?
Remember to trust and then take action. Cultivating resilience in the face of adversity is something a Jedi does quite well, and I am all about it. Be psyched! Want what you want. Be honest with yourself that you want it. Desire openly. Want the relationship to work out, a job to be the right one, that property you looked at to be your dream house, but don't make your happiness depend on it. It simply cannot be the only outcome that will bring you joy or you risk heading for The Death Star. For real. Trust knowing that it's either this or something better. I know Yoda would agree.