Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review Part 1

27 Dec

Post Intro – this is a series of posts on the lessons inherent in The Last Jedi. Contains Spoilers

So I watched this movie recently and really really really enjoyed. I strongly want to emphasize the really. 

So without further ado, here are some of my favourite scenes and messages from the film, that will stay with me long after the plot of the film has faded from my memory.

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Failure, failure, more failure – in one particular scene Luke Skywalker, the Jedi Master of the older generation says he cannot teach anymore. He has failed and therefore he has nothing worthwhile to pass on. Yoda (yay Yoda’s back :D) says that is how we learn. It is through our failures that we learn and grow wiser. And perfection is not necessary to guide and teach those who ask for guidance and mentoring from you.

That it is enough that at a specific moment of another’s life, you passed what you needed to, to them. We know what we know and the lack of our perfection (whatever that really is) does not take away from our truth and our capabilities.

Furthermore, watching Luke Skywalker still being lost and confused at his age (60s – 70s in the movie) gives us the realization that we never really have to have it figured out. We never get to an age where we can stop asking for help because we know how to live life. Loss of purpose, of direction, needing guidance and mentoring is something that is a part of every phase of life.

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Often the feeling of not knowing what to do next, having no plan, no definite path, feeling nothing that we are strongly drawn to, can feel like a personal failing on our parts. As though we had seemingly missed out on some instruction day, and are now floundering. Whereas now seeing Luke, after all this time, still lost, still needing support, lowers the isolation one may feel in living the less than defined life in our modern society.

Lessons: failure teaches, failure teaches wisdom, perfection is not needed to teach/mentor/advice others, it is ok to be lost and need support and mentoring at an older stage of life.

Standout quote from this scene:

“Heeded my words not, did you? Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Luke, we are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.” — Master Yoda

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Watercolour by Brian Rood

In Part 2 the focus is on The Lessons of Poe Dameron. Who has quickly become a fan favourite. In this next post I explore exactly what is so captivating about this character, as well as the lessons surrounding him.

Part 2 – Poe Dameron – Bravado, rashness, confidence, failure and being able to bounce back (Coming Soon!)

 

 

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Fall down 7 times, get up 8…

21 Jul

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For me this poem really represents holding out to the best of yourself even if you are not recognised and rewarded. Sometimes when you have been nice, truthful, successful, truthful, helpful and so on you get nothing in return… which mostly we handle. What’s worse is when you’re not recognised or actually criticised/put down. Everyone can handle this every now and then but do it continuously is a one way ticket to burn out for all of us.

What I feel is in these situations, stand up for yourself, have boundaries, have the courage to ask for your boundaries to be respected but most of all keep being the best of you are, which is actually who you are anyway. I always think of the knights in fantasy books (not so much in our real medieval history), who did the right thing just because it was right thing even if there was an easier way of doing things. Even if everyone around them was following a different path. This really is a way to continue on in life on a solid foundation. If you know you’ve done right by whats true to you, no one can really ever shake your resolve.

Favourite line:

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway  ❤

Perseverance 

4 Jun


I really like that this covers being able to express the whole rainbow of emotions. Too many people feel as if feeling a certain type of emotion feels they’re failing in some form or another. So cry, get angry, get envious.  No point bottling it up 😊😡😭😱😄😜 feel it all! And see it as part of the process rather than a let down on your part. ❤️❤️❤️

Of course how and where it’s done would be important. Things like talking with a trusted one, journal writing, getting an axe and hacking wood to pieces are all relevant ways to move emotion 😄. 

My burdens are light….

18 Apr

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One of the most beautiful sayings I’ve come across. No matter which way my life is going, when I see this, think it and feel it, a sense of calmness pervades over me. As always I hope it brings you back to a place of calm <3.

My burdens are light,

like feathers in the wind.

You have infinite support…

26 Mar

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Sometimes it doesn’t always feel this way but in retrospect its easy to see how everything that ever happened was another piece of the jig saw. If you are going through great difficulties one of the most supportive things to do is to pray or write a letter to whatever your understanding of a Higher Power is. There is no substitute for this I have found. Because sometimes we end up in situations where we know that there is nothing no one can do that can help. Or it feels that way. In those moments write a letter on your mobile, on the computer and best of all on a piece of paper.

I often find that by writing something always shifts, whether it is the world or my heart. Either way it feels as though some support is coming in from somewhere. Lots of Love ❤

How to move through this day…

19 Mar

A beautiful little poem that seemed to increase the peace in me when I read it. Hope it does the same for you as well. 🙂

Body, like a mountain,

Heart,  like the sea

Mind, like the sky.

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Source: How to move through this day

Good Morning!

8 Mar

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There’s nothing like starting a morning off with a good stretch. Especially when you have some furry and feathered friends to accompany you. 🙂