Okay, Listen Here

Okay, Listen Here

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

There Is No Try

"Do or do not, there is no try."  Sage words from the man himself, Yoda. 

I have this reminder on my computer desk on a cute Hallmark nicknack.  I see it every time I sit at my computer and plug away at the keys.  I see it when I waste time on the Internet (which I fondly refer to as Networking).  And when I gaze up at it sporatically, I remember what I'm really present for... bringing my stories to life. 

I have a dream I want to achieve.  Doesn't everyone?  It doesn't matter how big or small, "a dream is a wish your heart makes."  Everyone has a heart.  Therefore everyone dreams.  But unless we act upon our dreams, trying without fail to bring them to life, we won't see them realized.  Yoda understood the fragile link between dreams and reality.

For this very reason, I love Yoda's wisdom.  The Positivity Blog posted some of the best Yodaisms there are.  They aren't a secret.  But how easy it is to forget them when times are tough and doubts creep in.  Here are some The Positivity Blog illustrates.

“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

“You will find only what you bring in.”

Yoda (Jedi Master's Hut). provides an even harder lesson to learn.  One I think we each struggle with on a daily basis.  One we must grapple with IF we want to succeed.

"You must learn control."

Control, you say?  Yes, young Skywalker!  Why, the very word derives work.  And that's enough to drive a pirate to drink.  (Thankfully, I don't drink much, just rum and an occasional Smoking Lemon Drop.) 

Be it control over a habit, control over money, controlling how we use our time or how we deal with others, learning to control ourselves is probably the hardest lesson of all.  Perhaps this is why Yoda enforces this in his teachings with Luke throughout the Star Wars series.  Perhaps that's why we grapple with it our entire lives.

Yoda's Wisdom on Mastering Your Life with Patience, Presence, Power & Compasion.  This blog clearly illustrates patience, presence, awareness, facing our failings, learning our strengths and training to use our gifts to a fruitful end.

Maybe all we need to be successful is to have our own Yoda sitting on our backs, passing along advice, helping us choose the force that will drive us to improving our lives, not hinder it.  If that's what it takes to keep me on task, I'm all for it.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE positive quotes!  I'm surrounded by them every time I sit at my computer.  They bring me joy, peace and help me see the inward brilliance that yearns to be freed.  Yes, I'll keep Yoda in my life.  Good to me, he is.

Katherine Bone
DUKE BY DAY, ROGUE BY NIGHT Coming October 29, 2012


  1. I really like Yoda's sage words. My Muse yaps them at me when I'm being particularly difficult.

  2. I love Yoda. Makes DH crazy when I talk like him...because then I get bebe doing Yoda-speak...and *nothing* is funnier than that!! :) Great advice, Katherine!!

    1. Hi Kristina, my fellow Crimson Author!

      Your bebe speak got me to thinking about... "I'm the bebe. Gotta love me!" (Do you remember that show, Kristina, or am I showing my age? LOL)

      Talking like Yoda is fun, but what I love most about Yoda is what he says always seems to ring true. It's a simplified version of what we know already, in a way we understand. Plus, it's Yoda, so it's way more fun!

      Thanks for stopping by, Kristina!!!

  3. Kathy, I just love this post! I need to print it out and paste it over my computer. And I'm totally with you on Networking. :-)

    And you're so right. Realizing our dreams translates into hard work!

    1. Hey Pat! I'm flattered you want to print this post out. Thanks! That made my day!

      Ugh! Isn't it hard to keep up with everything and still stay tuned to your writing? We need to come up with a stream-lined way to handle everything, don't we?

      "Rise above, we shall." ;)

  4. Love Yoda wisdom, I do! Thanks for this, Katherine. What a fun inspirational nudge!

    1. Hi Pam! (waves) Woo-hoo! Another Crimson buddy!

      Thanks for stopping by! Sometimes we need that nudge and making it fun and inventive only helps to tip the writing scales in our favor, don't you think?

      "Genius, you are."

  5. Katherine, that was a fun bit of writing. I must remember to add visit this site often. Thanks.

    1. Drat! My response to you Carol pulled up below. Don't leave without checking it out! ;)

  6. Yoda, him I know not. However... Fairest You are of them all? Yes, Princess Katherine! <3 Truly a wish your heart makes, a dream it is.....and come true it will! ♪♫♪ Lalala!

  7. Woo-hoo! Another Crimson Author!

    Hi Carol! (waves) Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you'll come again. We southern gals have lots of fun here and Yoda is just the tip of the iceberg. ;)

    By the way, check uot Carol's new book cover at: http://carolrittensmith.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/my-book-cover/