Working on a Plane Midflight

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Go change the world from where you are, while you’re moving toward where you wish you were.
~Live in Grace, Walk in Love, Bob Goff

For the last year or so, I’ve been working on a chronological watch through of all the Star Wars films and shows. So far, I’ve worked my way through the Prequel Trilogy, the Clone Wars, Rebels, Solo and Rogue One. I started the Original Trilogy with my kids on Saturday.

As we were watching, there were a couple of points when the Millennium Falcon is having mechanical issues (what else is new, right?). They are being chased by Imperials, and then we see Han and Chewbacca both working on the ship. My first thought, which I never really thought about before, was… who was flying the ship? I guess the only thing that makes sense is that Leia took over the controls because there was nobody else.

I imagine it’s pretty hard to work on something while it’s in the air. We don’t see airplane mechanics boarding flights for a reason. There’s really not much that can be done — I don’t think, maybe there is, and if there are any pilots out there that can correct me, please do.

Today’s quote from Bob Goff is a reminder, though, that we aren’t airplanes. We don’t have to wait until we get to our destination to do a little self-work. We can do it midflight. Really, by the time we land in this metaphor, there’s not much work we can do.

So, don’t worry that you aren’t where you want to be in life yet. You’ll get there. And along the way, you may find that you need to do a little work. You may need some course correction while you are in the air. It’s okay. We all do.



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