Be Someone's Yoda
Are you a Star Wars fan? Even if you haven't seen any Star Wars movies you definitely must have heard the name Yoda before. He's the green Jedi master who is witty yet wise. He is like Dalai Lama, Baba Ramdas, Mother Teresa, Dr. Phil, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Master Oogaway/Shifu and all our other monks, priests, preachers all combined in one.
He comes and goes in the movies but his words have etched in our hearts forever. Everyone loves Yoda. He is calm, composed, cool and yet he could shake the whole Star Wars
“Always pass on what you have learned.” – Yoda
We all want to learn new things, we all want to try new things and we want to go on adventures but what would be the point if we cannot share our learning, knowledge and wisdom. I remember loving math in high school. I was the first one to finish all my homework (nerd alert). I loved
solving things. It made me so happy. But I remember the feeling when my professor would tell me to help another student and I would teach them something and they would understand it. Oh my god, the look on their face of getting it right.
That feeling I'd get of helping another understand something cannot be replaced by anything else. It's so essential to pass on what you learn. Master Yoda, you were right.
Sometimes we can help the ones on our journey by simply passing on what we learnt. We might not be able to walk their path for them but we can help guide them.
“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not.” – Yoda
Ever heard the saying - It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. (Mark Twain said that)
No matter the fight or battles in our lives, it's not the size of our bodies but our resilience and will to
overcome adversity that really matters. It's the size of our hearts. We aren't just the bodies, physical appearances we came in. I mean they are a part of us but not the essence of us. Our heart and soul are what truly make us who we are.
Too many times we let social conditioning define us and we start to believe them. Name calling, body and color shaming have become so normal that we let others' opinions get the best of us.
If we would see ourselves for who we really are, the outside noise would just dissipate. (Go look at
yourself in the mirror today and I mean really look and admire the perfectly sculpted being you are and just appreciate one thing about yourself today)
Accept your strengths and learn to cultivate them. Master Yoda was tiny, old and over 900 years old but he was the most powerful Jedi in the entire universe. Embrace your uniqueness and don't let your mind play tricks on you.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
When Yoda is teaching Luke to harness the force Luke tells the Master he will 'try' and Yoda tells him to either give it all his best or not at all but there is no trying. It is the same as what Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right,”. You create your own reality and your beliefs determine the course of your life eventually. You got to believe.
If our attitude of the tries and can'ts exceeds our beliefs of actually accomplishing a task and doing
something, we accept failure before our task has even begun. We have to give it our all no matter how small or big the task infront of us is. There's no point doing something half-heartedly because it is as good as not doing it at all.
"Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." — Master Yoda
The good old art of letting go? We all hold on to things we are better off letting go. It could be a person, a memory, a thought, a feeling, an item or anything else that might be hurting our heart.
When we release the thing we are holding onto we create space in our lives. We make room for new and beautiful things to enter our lives. Attachment causes pain and why would we want any pain in our lives.
Remember that everything that belongs to us has our name on it and now you can be free of trying so hard to hold on to it. Just relax and breathe knowing everything that is yours will be.
“Much to learn you still have...my old padawan. This is just the beginning!” – Yoda
Its been a 28 year journey for me and Master Yoda has 900 years on us. Why don't we be like him and stay a forever learner? He never stopped learning. He remained a student to the Force always. None of us know everything but we can keep growing and learning. Everyday is an opportunity for us to learn something new.
No matter how young you are 12, 30 or even 80. It's never too late to keep learning. Our lives are just getting started and this mentality can keep us young and growing forever.
“For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.” – Yoda
The force is with us always and what an ally it is. It's the voice inside all of our heads, the universe we believe in, the God we pray to, our faith, the higher power that guides us, the antenna that tethers us to the goodness inside us. It's in the birds, animals, water, trees and everything else that we see on our beautiful Mother Earth.
“Patience you must have my young Padawan.” — Yoda
Everything in the right time. The Force, Universe, God are never late but always on time. No matter what troubles your mind, everything shall workout in your favor. Sooner or later it will all come together. Have some faith and keep believing. Just be still enough to let it happen in it's own time.
As I write about you Master Yoda I have all these feelings stir up inside me and I am teary eyed. But I truly believe that I am one with the force and it will be with me always.
Tune in and listen. It's always there. May the Force be with you Padawan.
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By Sanjana Agrawal, Designer, Author, Motivator, Poet and Visionary