I LOVE the first three movies of the “Star Wars” saga (I’m talking about Episodes I, II, and III of more recent years, which gets a little confusing given the whole “prequel” thing).  In my opinion, “Star Wars” has been one of the most profound blockbusters of recent cinematic history, operating with the help of several themes.  Like so many have claimed of “The Godfather,” ”Star Wars” carries lessons that are relevant to our everyday lives.  For example, in Episode I, the following conversation unfolds between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan:

Qui-Gon: Don’t center on your anxieties, Obi-Wan.  Keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs.

Obi-Wan: But Master Yoda says I should be mindful of the future.

Qui-Gon: But not at the expense of the moment. Be mindful of the living Force, my young Padawan.

This idea of living in the moment while planning for the future extends from master to teacher once again, when Qui-Gon explains to Anakin that he must “not think, just do.”  The lesson we are taught is that we must trust our instincts, make quick yet sound decisions, and be mindful of the future while keeping it in the background of our minds.

I am not alone in recognizing the deeper meaning in “Star Wars.” Eli Williamson-Jones of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut wrote this article where he discussed the links between “Star Wars” and Buddhism.  Another article by Chris Sunami describes the Jedi Philosophy, which requires that a Jedi find a balance between the masculine and the feminine.  A bit like being a businesswoman, no?   🙂

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  1. Chris Murphy

    “There is no try, just do.” Janae, you rock. I have when people use Star Wars in explaining business and life. May the force be with you.

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