Yoda is one of the wisest and oldest characters in the entire Saga of Star Wars. He is full of wisdom and teachings.
His teachings do not only apply to fictional warriors wielding laser swords. There is a lot of wisdom we can apply to our own lives.
So, I have decided to put together a list of 5 quotations uttered by the wise master himself:
1. “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”
The single most important lesson we should learn in our lives is: Nothing lasts forever. We live in a state of perpetual motion (never ending change) and impermanence (non-lasting). No matter how much we try to resist, push or change what nature has intended for us, we are only making ourselves suffer and preparing ourselves for disappointment. We cannot change the things we have no control over. We shouldn’t even attempt to change them either. It would be far more beneficial for each and everyone of us to train our minds to ‘let go’: accept, embrace and allow events to unfold as they do and will happen.
Do not become emotionless, but learn to view everything with an objective ‘eye’.
2. “Patience you must have.”
Whatever our pursuit is in life, we should be cautious not to expect things to happen straight the way. Things take time. Remember: Progress is progress and patience is a key ingredient to bring about progress. Because if we are patient, we are more likely to stick at something, instead of giving up. So, Be patient always, patience will enable you to achieve your goals and realise your dreams.
3. “Your path you must decide.”
There is no objective path: you’re an individual, you’re unique. Your life journey and the path you must take to walk that journey is as unique as your core being. Learn and take inspiration from others but always remember who you’re and what you want in life. Do not try to be somebody or something else or adopt another lifestyle because you’re unhappy being you, want to be somebody else or are trying to fit in. Instead, be yourself, do what makes you happy and embark on your own path in life.
4. “You must unlearn what you have learned.”
Because we are creatures of habit, it is very easy for us to get attached to our routines, habits or methods of doing things. But, the truth is, sometimes we have to question what we think we know, relearn what we think we know and go back into learning with a fresh and clear mind so that we can succeed. Even if we have studied a subject for years and years, it is important for us to remember that there is always more to know. Learning has no destination, learning is a life long process.
5. “The greatest teacher, failure is.”
Our mistakes teach us about ourselves. We should look back on our mistakes and learn from them to understand where we went wrong. When we fail, we fail for a reason, exploring and understanding the reasons for why we fail, can prepare us for the future and enable us to make better decisions in the future. We will know what didn’t work, why it didn’t work and what we should do next time to make what didn’t work, work.