I was scrolling through my news feed the other day and saw a random, nerdy article comparing the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with Rogue One. The primary difference, according to the article, is that the characters in Rogue One were not taking action. Lots of things happened to them, but they weren’t proactive agents in the storyline. Meanwhile, in The Force Awakens, we see the main characters making decisions and taking action. In a movie, the article stated, the protagonist always acts–the hero always acts–and they are not acted upon.
I’m not a film critic and I don’t know if this is true of these Star Wars movies, but this idea of the hero acting and not being acted upon really struck a chord with me. If my life were a movie, it’d be ridiculously boring because I spent so much of it letting life happen to me. I believe it’s helpful to have this idea in mind if you get stuck on a decision. You don’t know what the right decision might be, but the hero always acts. Make a choice and then come what may. Perhaps it wasn’t the best decision but you’ve moved the plot of your life forward.
This also brought to mind a great book called A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. I think I might re-read it and do a little walk through here. I highly recommend the book! It goes much deeper into this idea.
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