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Our referrals continue to be one of the best ways clients find us, and we deeply appreciate it! for your trust and confidence. Thank you Through some combination of Disney magic and fan enthusiasm, May 4 has become known as Star Wars Day, hence the phrase “May the fourth be with you.” If you knowme, you might know I love Star Wars . It’s a love that goes back to my childhood, as it does for millions all around the world. I was around 10 or 11; my momwasn’t much into Star Wars (I had to drag her to the theater a time or two), but my aunt Kelly was a huge fan. She even had copies of the original posters hanging up in her classroom. I remember one night when I stayed over at her place, and in her spare bedroom was one of those old TVs with a built-in VCR. In a nearby box, I found a VHS copy of Star Wars , and I played it while I settled down to sleep. I didn’t get any sleep for the next two hours, because I was glued to the TV! Also, my aunt had (has) a huge crush on Harrison Ford, so it just makes sense that the classic Star Wars films are her favorites. Her crush is so big that when (spoiler alert!) Han Solo was killed in the new sequels, she was in complete denial. For me, it doesn’t get better than The Empire Strikes Back . It was the second Star Wars movie I saw (naturally), long before the prequels and the new batch of films. Empire was the movie that really got me hooked and cemented my love of Star Wars . The thing about Empire is that it really captured the profound emotional investment between the audience and the characters. Then, just as we become so deeply involved, we watch as the good guys take a beating. You anticipate Return of the Jedi , hoping everything is put right and the good guys finally win — and, of course, they do! On a broader note, Empire contains some of the great moments in cinema that have come to define StarWars in pop culture. You have the lightsaber duel between father and son, fantastic quotes (“No, I am your father”), intense space
chases and battle sequences, and the introduction of Yoda. What really makes the Star Wars movies stand out are the lessons. The greatest stories are those that teach
us something, and Star Wars is overflowing with those kinds of lessons. As kids, some of us dreamed of being Luke Skywalker. Some of us may have sided
with the guy in the flowing black cape. Movie after movie, there were enormous moments that won our hearts. Clearly, with millions of fans around the globe, these movies did something right. Star Wars taught me to realize that everyone has a unique perspective of the world. There is a scene in Return of the Jedi when Luke walks away fromYoda’s hut. At that moment, Luke runs into the Force ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi. There, Luke asks why Obi-Wan had told him that Darth Vader betrayed and murdered his father, when the truth was that Vader actually was Luke’s father. After explaining, the wise master says,“So, what I told you was true, from a certain point of view. Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” In other words, our individual perspective affects the way we interpret the world around us. No one else can see things as you do, and that’s okay. Obi-Wan wasn’t lying; the story just played out for him in a very different way. These days, this lesson is especially important in the charged climate we live in. It’s okay when people have different points of view. It’s part of what makes us who we are, and when we use our perspectives for good, we can shape the world around us for the better.
This month, turn on your favorite Star Wars movie, pop some popcorn, and let yourself get carried away to a galaxy far, far away.
May the Force be with you!
– Caleb Fleschner
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