There’s a small scene in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones where Obi-Wan and Anakin are in a club, looking for the bounty hunter Zam Wesell. A drug dealer starts a conversation with Kenobi.
Dealer: You wanna buy some death sticks?
Kenobi: [Mind Trick] You don’t want to sell me death sticks.
Dealer: I don’t wanna sell you death sticks…
Kenobi: [Mind Trick] You want to go home and rethink your life.
Dealer: I want to go home and rethink my life…
[It turns out that the death stick dealer is named Elan Sleazebaggano. Yes, really.]
It’s a small scene played for laughs. Usually Jedi aren’t supposed to use their force powers on random citizens (even drug dealers), and the Jedi Council probably wouldn’t approve. However, I think it’s worth examining this interaction a little bit, even if it’s just an anti-drug gag in between lightsaber action.
This man’s life has taken a turn for the worse. Whatever potential he had when he was younger, whatever dreams he might have had, it probably wasn’t being a death stick dealer in a seedy club. Who knows what terrible impact he’s had on the people around him – and who knows if he could have been one of the main characters in this story, if a few things had gone differently.
And then he runs into Obi-Wan Kenobi, who uses Jedi mind control on him without a second thought. With a small wave of Kenobi’s hand, the least likely Black Swan, this man has been forced to stop what he’s doing, go home, and rethink his life. Mind control aside, I’ll call that a positive.
Sometimes the world forces you to rethink your life. Sometimes the world gives you the opportunity to do so, and you can choose to take it.
Pandemic and Opportunity
Right now, COVID-19 is sweeping across the world. With billions under shelter-in-place orders, and only the most essential businesses open, life has basically stopped in several countries. People in countries that haven’t stopped completely have had their daily routine dramatically changed.
This is a crisis – and a rare opportunity.
Specifically, this is your opportunity to stop everything you’re doing, stay home, and rethink your life.
- Who are you, at your core?
- Are you happy with your career?
- What kind of impact do you want to have on the world?
- Are you happy with your relationships?
- Is there anything you regret not doing, or putting off?
- What do you want to accomplish in your life?
- What changes do you know you need to make?
You have the opportunity to ask those questions, come up with some answers, and start walking in a different direction. Everyone is too busy with the pandemic to stop you.
This kind of change is hard, so let me try something to help you get started:
[Hand Wave] You want to stay home, and rethink your life.