May the Force Be With You

By Samantha McKenzie

Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars

I won’t claim to be a Star Wars fan, but it was the movie of my generation and over time, certain one-liners have become a part of my dialect. “May the force be with you” is one of those phrases that stuck. Every time I hear myself whispering it, I feel empowered.


In the movie, it is used to wish the individual good will with hopes that the words will work in the favor of the traveler when he comes face-to-face with an impending challenge. It’s similar to your grandmother’s prayers before you headed out into the harsh world, or your father’s sage wisdom when he saw you going down a road he’s already traveled.

It’s been a reminder to me that I am a part of a larger universe that is full of living energy and that we all have access to this “force.” Like the Jedi, even in the darkest moments, we can call on this power to assist us. When we do, it opens up doors, takes us to newer heights and stretches our imaginations.

When we make our minds up to do something, we are using the forces of the universe to strengthen us. When our ideas grow from something small into something successful, we are pulling on the energy that surrounds us to make life better. When we pray, we are submitting ourselves to this same power. When we open ourselves up to believing we can…When we ask God to supply our needs…The force is with us.

buddhaThe truth is, the universe is filled with energy that awaits you and I. It can’t hold back. It wants to be used, to come to our aid, to fortify us.

When we stand up for ourselves, when we defend our honor, when we decide that enough is enough, we are gravitating to the force field that is there to protect us.

I am glad to be a part of a grandiose universe that binds us together. I like having an ample supply of energy and the power to move forward with zeal.

“May the force be with you.” Obi-Wan Kenobi

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”  Yoda

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” Qui-Gon Jinn

and…God’s speed.

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