Writing over at Coffee With Kenobi, Melinda Wolf urges you to believe in yourself and make the impossible possible in her latest blog entry.
You know where, in “The Empire Strikes Back”, Yoda encourages Luke: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”? A lot of Star Wars fans take exception to Yoda’s lesson. They think that Yoda is wrong in making such a statement to Luke, our fledgling Jedi-in-Training. These fans criticize Yoda because they believe he is not validating the significance of the ol’ college try. They argue that trying counts for a lot. I can see their reasoning. I am a firm believer in trying. After all, without taking that all important step to at least give something a try, one never would reach a goal, never would accomplish anything, never would emerge successful at whatever challenge one decided to place before oneself. [By the way, I don’t think success means “rich and famous”. Success is measured on a long, varied scale. A toddler taking her first step is successful! Anyone who has ever broken a bone, and can use that leg, arm, hand for the first time – without the aid of a crutch (of any sort) – has gained success. I could go on but I’ll leave it at that. 😉 ] As George Lucas [or whoever came up with the trailer for “The Phantom Menace”] put it to fans awaiting the premier of Episode I: “… Every journey has a first step …” Whether stated outright or intrinsically connected, that first step always is tied to one trying. I get why Yoda’s assertion hits a sour note with many fans.