“You will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view,” Obi Wan Kenobi
With talk of the original cast of Star Wars joining forces with the new cast — I felt nostalgic and re-watched the entire first trilogy. And yes, I was lucky enough to see them all when they were originally released in the theater. And again when they were re-released. I went with my son and nephew and brother. My nephew has always been a calm, go-with the flow kid. But here we sat in the theater — with him sobbing and repeating, “BUT WE CAN’T WATCH THE MOVIE IN A HOUSE.” It took me a few minutes to grasp my nephew’s perspective. He had to that point, only ever gone to the movies at the Midway drive-in. To him — one only watched a movie from the car.
This whole point of view thing really came to me as I took pictures during the same week I watched the movies. When I snapped these photos — to me they looked like characters from the film and even maybe the pit of Carkoon.
Yes, maybe, I spent too much time at the bar at the Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina (Mos Eisley Catina) on Tatooine. But the awareness that the two seemed to be connected: what I had just watched and the interpretation of what I was looking at — at that moment — made me wonder. How often do I do that? If someone just told me a bit of gossip about Jane and then I run into Jane — have I allowed my point of view to be swayed? If two men approached me — one I’ve never met and the other I just had a tiff — but they both approach in exactly the same smiling, welcoming manner — will I allow my history with one to slant my greeting back?
Today’s Intention: Remember how much Star Wars has to teach me.
Personally, if I ever had the money to open a spiritual retreat we would start by studying Winnie the Pooh and Star Wars (the original trilogy). What about you — do you have a favorite movie or character that just seems to ooze love and wisdom? Do you ever catch yourself behaving differently to people because of a certain point of view?