Sometimes, when I am dealing with my human frailties —the comb over, the slight paunch or the aching back— I wish that I could have the wisdom of Yoda from Star Wars. He’s green, kind of scaly, with three fingers on each hand, and surely not a candidate for GQ in his hooded robe, but he’s sooooooooo smart and together that none of that matters to him or anyone else. I’m not sure how he does with the ladies, but I’m guessing that they overlook his appearance to share in his wisdom.
Because I’m not yet in a position to share deep wisdom or secrets with anyone about anything, let me quote a passage from one of Yoda’s scenes where he describes the journey ahead for his young student, Anakin Skywalker:
YODA: Good, good, young one. How feel you?
ANAKIN: Cold, master.
YODA: Afraid are you?
ANAKIN: No, sir…
YODA: See through you, we can…
ANAKIN: (a little angry) What’s that got to do with anything?
YODA: Eveything. Fear is the path to the dark side… fear leads to anger… anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.
ANAKIN: (angrily) I am not afraid!
YODA: A patient-centered health care professional must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. I sense much fear in you.
ANAKIN: (quietly) I am not afraid.
YODA: Then continue, we will.
Continue we will indeed, and the future will be everything positive that we decide to make of it. There is a book or CD called “The Secret” that is flying through the hospital right now, and the secret to the secret is what we all know it to be. Common sense that is all too frequently uncommon. If you are positive, think positively, work toward good endings, surround yourself with positive people, avoid even thinking about negative situations and keep focused on your goals, you will be embraced by the positive because fear is the path to the dark side, and the truth is, everything we have achieved, accomplished, and completed has been from a spirit of positive commitment.
Watch the movie Seabiscuit again, or the Miracle on Ice, the tale of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team or The Little Engine That Could. Read about the winners in history. What you will see is that we are guided by universal laws: The Law of Intentions states that Your Intentions Will Be Fulfilled. The Law of Manifestations states that You Will Manifest What You Imagine, but remember the Law of Actions because You Must Act Upon Your Intentions.
My brother constantly talks about what he is going to do when he hits the lottery, and when I ask him the key question, “Did you buy a ticket?” He always say, “No, I forgot, but when I do…” Remember, you must play to win. I had a priest in high school who, in reference to the Catholic sacrament of confession, used to jokingly say, “Remember, you must sin in order to be forgiven.”
We need to imagine that all of our dreams have come true. Imagine that our future will be exactly what we have dreamed of, then move toward those goals, act upon those goals, and your/our intentions will be fulfilled.
As song writer Johnny Mercer, wrote in his lyrics for the 1944 Bing Crosby movie, Here Come The Waves, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive… Eliminate the negative… Latch on to the affirmative. Don’t mess with Mister In-Between.”
The future is ours.
“May The Force Be With You.”