Year-end Reflections – Lessons from Yoda (Star Wars – v.2)

ALWAYS PASS ON WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

Yoda, Return of the Jedi (1983)

Yoda made it clear that one’s wisdom should be shared with others. For me, I try to learn from as many others as possible. When I choose to share my knowledge I must also remember to be mindful of proper timing and context. Yoda was wonderful at telling stories — a mostly forgotten art these days. Storytelling can be an extremely effective communication tool in understanding context and meaning. We have much to learn from the local First Nations communities in this important life skill.

THE DARK SIDE CLOUDS EVERYTHING – IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE THE FUTURE IS

Yoda, Attack of the Clones (2002)

When all that one sees are storm clouds it’s pretty hard to see the rainbow. I mentioned this same sentiment in a previous blog (Opportunity or Catastrophe). Being able to see through a lens that is not skewed towards the negative can open possibilities that would otherwise be shielded from view.

YOU MUST UNLEARN WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Sometimes we have to put aside our current beliefs to reach new heights

I reminded myself this year to be open to the possibility that what I’m currently doing may not be the best way. It means letting go of any ego or bias that I have attached to my current practices. That’s easier said than done, but only possible if I am aware of my beliefs around a topic.

We explored this important idea of beliefs (HEURISTICS) with our management team in Saanich earlier this year — it was a revealing moment for many in the room — including myself.

FEEL THE FORCE!

Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Feel the Force Within You — It’s There for the Unleashing

We all have the ability to be better — myself included. I know from both a practical and theoretical perspective that I can be a better Superintendent.

That’s the important notion — acknowledging the possibility of personal improvement. FEEL THE FORCE within you, and you can do things that you may have thought as impossible.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU … all summer long!

STAR WARS – THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Opens Everywhere – Dec 2019

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