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Institute for Jedi Realist Studies Newsletter December 2015
It's been a few months. During that time we've been challenged with website issues that took some time to sort out. It was also personally trying for me as my family and I were in a car accident that took a lot of time and energy to address. And we bought a house which also took up a lot of time and energy. Between those things I just didn't take the time to do a newsletter. I believe we are back on track though, as the only major event is moving into the house in a few weeks.
When you visit the website you'll notice it looks different. For the past year we've been using an unsupported version of the Joomla software. When we upgraded, something went wrong, but slowly, so the website crashed about a week after upgrading. Since it was beyond our skill sets we hired a person to fix it. They sort of did. It was a long, painful process. Long story short, we have a working website that looks a little different. There's one issue that isn't our fault where the site won't remember you for long, so unfortunately you'll be logging in more often. We're hopeful Joomla will fix this issue soon but don't count on it. Use it as a chance to practice patience.
We are looking for someone who is really experienced with editing css templates to make the color scheme match from the main part of the website to the forum, so if you are someone with that experience and the time to work on it, let Jax know.
I’ll never forget the moment I was told how the next 10 years of my life were going to go. I was sitting in a computer room in Sophomore year of High School listening to my guidance counselor drone on about the wonders of getting a college education, about taking the SAT, about picking a career and how fortunate I would be to get a higher education. I rolled my eyes as I listened, but not without noticing the awe and wonder that filled the hopes and dreams of my fellow students.
I spent so many years picking different careers and majors, forcing myself to go “this is the one”. Instead of spending that time learning about my interests and passions and finding a job that matched or furthered those passions, I started creating new interests. I wanted to be a doctor or a nurse, or a psychiatrist. I wanted “to help people.”
Two associates degrees and a career studies certificate later, I was sitting in a classroom half-listening to my teacher discuss the finer points of binomial distributions. This was November 14th, several days after the Paris Bombing attacks. I found an inner voice growing angrier and angrier, to almost a heated rage. I very seldom listen to this voice, but the Force was calling to me that day, and ignorance be damned if I wasn’t going to listen.
I was growing angry at my teacher because while he droned on and on and on about something I couldn’t care less about, I was wondering what could be done to fix the problems in Paris, what can be done to combat ISIS, and what role the Jedi Community could play. Then enlightenment hit. I was pointing the anger in the wrong direction. To him, to the students, this was important to them- learning statistics for business. For me, I had finally taken my step in to a much larger world, I had heard the call. School, majors, the promises so softly spoken to impressionable sophomores was not my calling. To be a Jedi, to help the world and promote balance in the world was my calling.
Too many times, we heroes hear our calling. We feel a fire well within us. Acting on that call is where we really shed what reality wants for us and come in to our own, where we choose for us and our own personal paths.
On January 6th, I will be moving to Colorado. I will be starting a whole new life after spending a quarter of a century in one spot. I’m answering my call. Will you learn the same lesson?