If you’re a Star Wars fan, I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with a famous character who’s short, green, old & wrinkly, speaks backwards and walks around the Jedi Temple with his cane. He has trained countless of renowned Jedi in his long lifespan, including Mace Windu, Obi-wan Kenobi, Ki-Adi Mundi, just to name a few, and witnessed countless events that shaped the galaxy.
Even if you don’t watch Star Wars, you might have seen yoda drawings, or seen him on Youtube or heard about this character, the legendary Jedi Master Yoda.
Small in size but wise, in this article, I want to share with you how his wisdom portray on the show can be powerful, essential and relevant in our daily lives.
“Patience you must have, my young Padawan…” – The Empire Strikes Back
As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, and what similarity do these two quotes share in their meanings?
Have you ever tried to commit to something, whether it’s going to the gym or practicing healthy eating habits, and one day you find yourself procrastinating and eventually stopping the habit? Do you blame yourself? Do you let these setback determine who you are? Someone with no self-discipline or motivation to finish what you started? That shouldn’t be the case. We’re humans, and we make mistakes, and that’s okay.
You must practice consistency and have patience in order to see it come to fruition. Otherwise, you’ll always go back to square one.
What you should do is to take smaller steps, and take things at a slow pace to ensure you’re able to do what you set out to do for a long time until you achieve your goal.
As they always say, slow and steady wins the race.
“Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.” Attack of the Clones
All of us are entitled to our own thoughts and opinions. It’s common to see people debating or bickering on Facebook in the comments section. It’s what we call ‘free entertainment’ on social media. People tend to get defensive of themselves when they read or hear something different from their beliefs and thoughts.
This doesn’t mean the other party is wrong or you’re. It’s just a difference of opinion and we should learn to respect that. You shouldn’t take it to heart and more importantly, don’t get offended because what people say or do is about them, not you!
In the opinion of others, may actually hold answers or meaning to new perspectives we never thought about before. We should never rebuke the opinion of others, but learn to respect them. You must remember that only the people who truly care for you, will risk the friendship or relationship to say things you’re uncomfortable with. Be grateful and happy you have people like that in your life and not get angry at them.
“You must unlearn what you have learned.”
Whatever beliefs, skills or values that were imparted to us, we must hold them dearly. In order for us to teach others, we must first make the effort on our part to understand why this is important.
We shouldn’t just know how to do something or learn something for the sake of doing. There’s always more to that. We also need to understand and appreciate things as they’re to know the true value of something.
“Control, control, you must learn control!”
We’ve all struggled in trying to figure out what we want to do in life, and with our life. Regardless of age, some of us may still be figuring that out. We may only have the courage to take that step to do what we really wanted to do back then, or figure it all out at a later age.
It’s easy for us to stray towards an easier path or the path where everyone else takes, but we know deep down it isn’t always the right path.
Follow the path that you’ve decided to take and don’t look back or lose track of your choice. You may never know what lies ahead, but nothing is worse than hiding behind someone else shadow for the rest of your life.
“Always pass on what you have learned.”
Those of us who were once members of our secondary school’s uniformed groups, be it the National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) or the Red Cross Youth (RCY) were taught to be disciplined, united, helpful and demonstrating strong teamwork was essential to most of our activities.
This quote teaches us to pass down our values and what we’ve learned personally, mentally and physically to our juniors. It’s during this guidance of passing down our knowledge and skills that we experience the essence of our hardship and amazing years shared with our teammates.
“Wars not make one great.” – The Empire Strikes Back
Throughout the entire human history, we’ve heard and studied of many famous warriors and conquerors, like Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Cao Cao, etc.
They all had one thing in common, and that was they fought countless wars and conquered lands far and wide, and earned a reputation for themselves.
But does aggression and violence make one great? No. Passing on wisdom and helping the community does.
For example, why do people speak good of Zhuge Liang and speak ill of Cao Cao? That’s because Zhuge Liang used his exceptional talent and wisdom to help Liu Bei establish the kingdom of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period in ancient China, whereas Cao Cao oppressed the people and made them suffer.
“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.” – The Empire Strikes Back
“If someone hand you a book about your future, will you open and read it until the end?”
No one knows what lies ahead. The future is unpredictable. And no matter how well we think we’ve it all planned, it may not turn out the way we expected. Sometimes, it’s better and sometimes, it’s all meant to be.
All we can do is live in the present, stay mindful and do our best.
“Do or do not. There is no try.” – The Empire Strikes Back
Arguably one of the most iconic quotes in Star Wars, what we can learn from Master Yoda is, we must possess a serious mindset when we set out to accomplish something.
Whether it’s setting out to start a new business, write a book or giving a second chance to a relationship, you have to put yourself out there.
Because even if you succeed or fail, it’s about the journey and the person you eventually become.