You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
Each experience in your life was absolutely necessary in order to have gotten you to the next place, and the next place, up to this very moment.
–Wayne W. Dyer
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS : )
I am a huge Star Wars fan and I have been in love with the story and the characters ever since I watched ‘A New Hope’ (episode IV) with my parents way back in the day. My wife and I were thrilled to be able to watch the new release (‘The Force Awakens’) over the Christmas holidays last month and we both thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It seemed as though the folks making the movie had managed to restore the magic that seemed a bit lost (at least to me) with some of the ‘prequels’.
So there I was watching the movie and revelling in the fantasy world before me when I had this sudden realisation which really lifted me up. And it was this:
Everything we do in life has a purpose and it fits in with our desires and destinies, even though we might not realise it at the time and feel like we are just ‘plodding along’.
This might not be an entirely earth-shatteringly new idea, but it was earth-shattering to me in the sense that it brought home this truth in a very powerful and palpable way (and I ‘got’ it).
And now for the spoilers:
The character of Rey (played by actress Daisy Ridley ) is depicted as a humble scavenger living on the rather desolate-looking planet Jakku. She ekes our a very meagre living by exploring the ruins of downed spacecraft and retrieving serviceable parts which she then exchanges for food. In the course of this ‘career’ she learns about the workings and layouts of different spacecraft, how they work, how to fix them and how to fly them. She learns to climb and access places that are difficult to reach. She also learns how to defend herself with the use of a staff and other weapons. Living by herself, she has learned to fend for herself, so she is confident and self-reliant and a formidable character.
The story could have left Rey as she was – a somewhat impressive, but humble character, living a simple life. But it doesn’t. Things change dramatically for her when she meets BB-8, a feisty droid with a secret to be delivered to the Resistance. Suddenly, Rey is catapulted into a new and exciting world, where she must rely on all of the skills she has learned in her previously mundane and simple life to save herself and others. She flies the Millennium Falcon and fights off the most formidable of adversaries with a lightsaber (without prior knowledge or experience of doing either), manages to hide herself and her fellow escapee within the bowels of Millennium Falcon and much more.
So all the time that she spent plodding along in anonymity, she was actually in training for her most important role – that of leading Resistance fighter. And from the way the movie ended, there seems to be a lot more training and action in store for her.
Soon after watching this movie, I picked up one of my old David Icke books and in that funny and magical way that things happen, the book starts with the author telling readers about his life and the author points out how his previous experience in the roles of professional footballer, BBC presenter, National Spokesman for the Green Party and subject of national ridicule, all prepared him for the work that he is now doing.
And so it is with us… it seems that everything we are now doing is preparing us for what is to come. And so if you ever feel frustrated or disheartened that what you are doing right now isn’t really very exciting or fulfilling, just remember that it is probably something useful and worthwhile that is preparing you for that special and exciting time, in the not-so-distant-future, when you will become a key figure of the Resistance : )
So stay strong; plod along and may the Force be with you.