Pulling into the middle of A New Hope, Obi-Wan, Luke, Han, Chewy and the droids have escaped capture on the Millennium Falcon to muster in the control room for the tractor beam holding the ship from departing. They’ve determined someone must go reset a control. Obi-Wan turns to the group,
“I don’t think you boys can help. I must go alone.”
“Whatever you say.” Han quickly relinquishes. “I’ve done more on this trip than I bargained for already.” He adds as he puts his feet up to posture his point.
Luke on the other hand leans forward, “I want to go with you.” Still asking and not demanding.
“Be patient, Luke.” Obi-Wan replies. “Stay and watch over the droids.” Then he adds the importance of such a tasking. “They must be delivered safely or other star systems will suffer the same fate as Alderaan.”
Luke relents grudgingly but respectfully. Obi-Wan opens the hatch and adds a final note of encouragement to Luke.
“Your destiny lies along a different path than mine.” These will be Obi-Wan’s parting words. “The Force will be with you, always.”
They haven’t known each other long, but the symbiotic relationship between teacher and student binds them. Luke is acting the typical student, wishing to act without much needed training or better prepared thought. He wants to take on the Empire, blasters blazing. And he thinks that is the best method for success. Han poignantly would agree.
Obi-Wan, however, has a more subtle plan, that protects the group while solving the problem at the simplest level. Of course, things will go way beyond the simplest level, but that’s precisely why he chose these tactics. Trouble can quickly compound and morph, so containing it through precision is often the smart course of action.
Are you student or teacher? Perhaps both depending on the situation? When being taught, pay attention and listen to the wisdom and experience of the instructor. You may not agree, but respect their insight and gain the advantage for it. If you are leading, be patient with your students. Use their passion and inexperience to hone your skills. Understand when they’ve reached their limit.
You both are in the fight. You both add to the Light.