May the Force Be With You
Before I regale you with why these ladies qualify for the Master Yoda moniker (appearance does not enter into it…I know that comes as a relief) it is important to understand where Yoda is coming from—philosophically speaking, of course. Hence, the following quotes from the Master himself:
“Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an apprentice.”
“Do, or do not. There is no try.”
“Help you I can, yes.”
First up is my pal and Writing Yoda, Cathy (check out her blog, Cathy C.’s Hall of Fame.) She is the one I pester with questions regarding the etiquette of freelance writing. She is generous with information and answers all of my silly questions with cheerful good humor. When I whined of the lack of time to write she said simply, “It’s up to you. No one else, no matter how much they love or believe in you, is going to make your writing a priority.”
Second is Cheryl, my friend and Medical Transcription Yoda. Cheryl is phenomenal at deciphering medical dictations. (Some doctors believe clear enunciation is optional.) She trained me with great reserves of patience and the kindness to overlook my many shortcomings. If she desires to strangle me it never shows. Once, I apologized for asking a question (for the millionth time) and she said, “Trust yourself, and never apologize for wanting to get something right.”
Finally, my big sister, Sophie; my Nothing-is-Impossible Yoda. Her real name is Peg, but our family is big on nicknames and Sophie stuck. She is my biggest fan. She worries about me, cheers for me, listens when I whine, champions me, and remembers what I was like as a bratty little kid. From Sophie I have learned perseverance through hardship, and the importance of dreaming even when nightmares abound. She has a backbone of steel and a tender heart. I have never heard anything less from her than: “You can.” She is my touchstone.
A Master Yoda is more than just someone with expertise. A Master Yoda is someone who helps, informs, and inspires. To have one is good fortune; to have three is a blessing. As Yoda himself might say, “Blessed I am.”
May the force be with you.