Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May the 4th Be With You

So it is Star Wars Day today and I thought I would share some insights from the films with you. Everyone who cares knows the heroes' journey and power of myth analysis of the films, so let's skip that. And, yes, Yoda is wise and has some pithy sayings, but, again, it is ground well covered.

Instead lets look at Han Solo.

At Up From the Ashes I talk a lot about going after what we want in our lives and occasionally about balancing that against the commitments we make. Han struggles with this throughout the first two films.

He has a debt he owes a former employer, Jabba the Hut, for not performing the job he was hired to do. However once he has the money to pay this debt off he keeps finding reasons to stay with the rebellion, to be where he wants to be rather then to honor his commitments.

He does what he wants while ignoring the consequences of not doing what he should. As in life the consequences catch up with him in the form of a carbonite freezer.

We need to be aware of the commitments we are creating for ourselves and honor them otherwise they can come back to haunt us.

On a side note: Han shot first!

May the 4th be with you.


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