“To be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night.”
One of my mentors is Yoda. I love this character. In 2007, Yoda was selected by Empire magazine as the 25th greatest movie character of all time. In my book he’s closer to the 1st. From time to time I’m going to write a post based on Yoda wisdom. Here’s the first:
“To be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night.” (“Padawan” equates to apprentice or student.)
To me this is great wisdom. Let’s begin with “face the truth, and choose.” Face the truth – of who I am and who I am not. Of my life – the parts that are working and the parts that are not. Of my future and my past. Of the roles I play and how well I play them. Or, simply, of how I’m spending my time. Do, you see? Facing the truth. Rather than the constructed, illusion of truth. Time to “get real” as they used to say.
Lots of people don’t want to face the truth because they feel they would have to change. Actually, you don’t have to change. You may choose to change. But, you don’t have to. The real issue is to face the truth so that you can then choose. Until you see the truth, you are not at choice. You are on auto pilot, running on programming and conditioning.
“Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night.” Now that I’m at choice, what’s it gonna be? Light or darkness? The candle or the night? Love or Fear? Peace or War? Compassion or Control? Maturity or Immaturity? Health or Illness? Happiness or Sadness? Stress or Balance? Forgiveness or Hatred?
Remember the field of all possibilities? Here it is again. Everything is possible. You are the chooser. Will you “be a candle, or the night?”