Yoda and the dark side
I was asked by a friend why did I picked up only positive quotes from Yoda. Only about how to be a part of the light side and not a word about the dark side. Below are Yoda's quotes about the dark side - I hope you will find them inspiring too.
Everyone can run enraged and try to get rid of his an enemy using strength. But the questions that come are 'Is he really my enemy?', 'Am I not being programmed to see him like that?' and 'Is my plan the best I can do in that situation?'. When not acting, when not in anger, when in a moment that we can take to answer ourselves 'Will I do it for a higher good of all involved?' and 'What my guts/intuition tells?' we may find the key to better, more aware decision.
Knowledge is a powerful allay. The more we know, the more we understand what's going on around us and how the world works, the wiser decision we make, and that creates our better part of life. The more knowledge about our 'enemy' we have, the better we can understand him and his reasons to behave and act in a particular way, the better we can be in preceding his steps and block his actions. By that we can protect what is dear to us without the need to attack. It may take longer, it may not be so simple as a frontal attack but in a longer period it's a better solution.
What are you afraid of? When was the last time we really took a moment to answer that? Most guys would boldly state something like 'I'm not afraid of anything!'. Nice phrase, but it usually means 'I don't want anyone to know what my fears are'. Girls are more sincere with their answers. Everyone has something, that he or she fears. Usually so much, that he will do almost anything to avoid that. Sadly, usually we face our fears only when we have no other choice.
Knowing what we fear, makes it smaller. Is a first step to find ways to deal with it. And then step by step we can take care of it. Dissolving our fears make our self-knowledge grow, and by that we know what we can and can't do. And that's a valuable thing to know when facing difficult situations.
We all have some vision of our life and what will happen around us in the near future. Far future is an unknown, because it's to complicated to logically predict. No matter how good plan we will make, something unexpected may happen and make us change our plans. That's why being flexible with planing is so important. Keeping them as they were created in the beginning makes them plans for failure. Life is not carved in stone, it's more like a chess. You do something, the world does something. Then it's your turn again. Predict a few steps in advance, especially when your situation is unsure. That will ease your anxiety.
Look at your life. No matter what was going on in it, there was one variable always present. You. And even when your situation was awful and you were surrounded by enemies there was always something you could do. And you did it. You took a decision.
Your way of thinking, expectations and behavior is what you take with yourself no matter where you go. They guide you through life and help. As much as they can - they help you. The trouble starts, when they are not representing who you really are. So ask yourself 'what do I have in mind?'. 'What's bothering me?'. 'Why do I keep reacting like that?'. Remove what's bad or unnecessary and everyday take with you only what's good. The real you.
To be a warrior of light is an ongoing process. It never ends, because there's always a space for improvement. There's always something we can do better, feel better and help people in a better way. Making a statement like "I'm the greatest! I'm the king of the world." is not only a sign of a lack of awareness. It's also a lie. There's always somebody that is better in what you do.
Continue your training. Continue improving yourself. Continue to grow. If you'll stop, then one day you'll choose to act in a way, that you did before. Why? Because it will be easier. And that may not be the best solution available.
War is not about honor, right or values. Is about valuables, resources and power. And to be more precise about lack of them. Check the history of wars and how they are usually started. A group of people in need seeks for a reason until they'll find something.
Being a warrior by definition means to oppose something. And what you resist - persists. You may be against wars and you may be pro peace. You may be against world hunger and you can be pro feeding people in need. Guess choosing what will give you chances to make a bigger difference?
A warrior may be skilled. May be strong. May be smart. But cannot be great. Why? Because the warrior fights against something, not for something. However he would justify his actions.
Even the Yin part has a dot of Yang in it. It may be peaceful now, but still darkness is never totally removed from the world. We can't see everything nor be prepared for everything. But we can observe our surrounding to periodically check if something what we don't want is not emerging. And keep ourselves prepared.
When opponents are equal what matters is their experience, and the calmness that comes with self-knowledge. Being in rage may give you strength, but also it will blind you and lock your thinking abilities. And that can lead to your failure.
Human is not a lonely island. We don't have to live alone, nor that we have to work on ourselves alone. Our friends and allies can help us and make our mood go high.
And mood is the fuel that keeps us running up the hill of self-improvement.
Jumping to conclusions is a fast way... to where?. For sure not to good judgment. Things are often not how they look. Cases can have double bottoms, people can have different reasons to act even in the perfectly same way. Gaining the facts, connecting them with emotional distance and taking time to think about reasons and consequences is always required to make a good choice.
'We know as much about ourselves, as we were checked up'. People who have their small, save world where almost nothing bothers them usually feel very courageous. Those who are taking a path to check their limits understand how much they can do, but also what they still cannot. The difference is that their limits move further with every new experience.
A lot of time is usually needed to understand that fear is good. It shows us what is dangerous. It reveals our limits. It open our eyes to areas, where we have to grow. Usually where we have to grow A LOT.
How quick are we in judging other people? Much too quick. We are used to seek for quick solutions and putting our fears aside without checking, if we are even right. Sorry to say, quite common we're not. Ask yourself this: when was the last time when dealing with unclear situation had you ask yourself 'Who will gain most of it?', 'Is the logic behind my thoughts correct?' and 'Am I right?'. Truth comes slowly and it's often hidden behind so small stones, that we don't even care for turning them. And the devil is usually in the details.
Victory comes in a moment, when we achieve our goal. No later, no sooner. And for sure not before the final battle. Courage to face your enemy is important, vision of your goal is important, but stating the result before finishing is to live in state of self-illusion.
Even when being the last of a kind, you still can make a difference, and be remembered. No matter if you'll win or fail, doing whatever you can to make your dream true, makes it worthy.