We have just been introduced to Rey and her life in The Force Awakens. She has spent the day scavenging, picking the bones of Empire carrion to sell for scrap. After loading her horse (vehicle) she heads back to the village. Before going to bargain her day’s bounty, she has to clean the pieces well, making them desirable and worthy of exchange. Aggressively attacking the items with a brush, she focuses on making it ready. She looks up to see an old woman doing the same work, but perhaps not so diligently.
How many years has the woman being doing this same routine? Will Rey become that old woman, spending her lifetime scavenging and returning to clean and beg for fair compensation for her efforts? Will she grow old waiting? Will whomever she is waiting for return?
A creature hits her, articulating its thoughts on cleaning scrap. This brings her decidedly back into the moment. She refocuses on the work at hand in front of her, not looking up again.
Not a bad thing to be knocked back into the present moment sometimes. It’s good to plan ahead. It good to dream about the possibilities of the future but when those dreams become a downward swirling spiral, it’s best to be shaken back into the here and now.
When you find yourself in that same thought pattern of what undesirable outcomes may happen, refocus on doing your very best at that moment. Then look up to see where you can do your best in other efforts. Rey’s honed her skill sets over years of doing the not so exciting.
Soon, it will serve her well.