Yesterday was, Sunday May 4th also known as, Star Wars day. Did you know? How did you celebrate? Why was yesterday Star Wars day? Well that one I can answer. Yesterday was Star Wars day because it was May 4th as in “May the fourth(force) be with you”. The force is  (according to the wikipedia page on the force, yes there is one) “a binding, metaphysical, and ubiquitous power in the fictional universe of the Star Wars galaxy created by George Lucas. Introduced in the original Star Wars film (1977), it is integral to all subsequent incarnations of Star Wars, including the expanded universe of comic booksnovels, and video games. Within the franchise, it is the object of the Jedi and Sith monastic orders.” 

The franchise created by George Lucas is a large and widely successful one, that I was introduced to by my dad when I was 8 years old. The first film which was the fourth film in the story of Darth Vaders saga(his is a bad guy in the franchise), was released in the year that I was born, so I watched as a child, the first three movies on video tape.


THe first six films in the Star Wars franchise have as its protagonist a Jedi order who when asked George Lucas said was modeled after the ancient Samurai. The Jedi have mystical powers and are guardians of all the universes in space. They protect space from any misuse of the force. One of the greatest Jedi Masters was master Yoda. I first saw Yoda in the Star Wars movie “The Empire Strikes Back”. Our hero in the movie meets Yoda in a swamp, so that he can receive training in the Jedi ways and defeat Darth Vader.

Yoda does his best to teach our hero Luke and from his best comes this gen of a line, “Do or don’r… There is no try.”  Isn’t that deep? The whole idea that there is no try. Definitely the philosophy of a pragmatic leader.  This notion that we either do or don’t speaks to a strong resolution that is often required in life.

Some posts back I wrote about “Breaking the Kettles and Sinking the boats” or the point of no return. Cultivating withing ourselves and our children a sense of resolution required for life is a tough one. We do not want them to feel like there lose is so great they cannot go on but we want them to do their best and resolve to conquer whatever it is they are facing, which is why I think Albert Einstein had it right when asked about failure.

“Failure is success in progress”

― Albert Einstein

May the fifth be with you…. no no only works for yesterday.






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