We first saw D’Qar in The Force Awakens as the base of the Resistance. This is the place that shelters our heroes and where they planned the devastating hit on the First Order. Finn had to survive long enough to get to D’Qar so that he could redeem himself from his former life. Rey found what she was truly looking for in the Resistance – camaraderie and community. So, in a manner of speaking, D’Qar is the goal that I have set for myself. There are nefarious forces attacking me – sugar, laziness, soda, snacking, overindulgence.
What a bunch of lies I had fallen for.
So how did Finn and Rey reach the safe haven of the Resistance base? On Jakku, Finn refused to engage in the destruction of Lor San Tekka’s village. He saw the error in his ways. He boldly kept his blaster silent. Rey, several miles away, was lonely in her struggles, keeping her turmoil and longing tucked away in her heart. She ate alone, not sharing a meal with family or friends. Finn and Rey’s lives change when they connect. Now Rey can have a companion for dinner, and Finn has something to live for. Holding her hand might be detrimental to his health, so he has to find other ways to connect.
I was willing to try anything and take a chance. Finn took a chance on honesty, and was willing to be exiled as a deckhand for Captain Ithano and Quiggold. Could I eat less? Could I cut it down to only three meals a day, ignoring even Elevensies? It was a mighty test of the will, and I fell down a few times as well. The most important thing about falling down is the forgiveness and the rising afterwards.
While on Takodana, Chewbacca was fine tuning the Millennium Falcon. He was fixing the technology so that he would be able to get out of tight spots in the future. Technology has also been a great assistant in my journey. I use an app to measure my calories, another to track my exercise, and another to remind me to keep active throughout the day. If you want, I would be glad to share the multitude of apps I have tried. I have probably been through 100 to find what works for me.
As a parish priest, I have coffee or meals with parishioners and friends multiple times a week. This is an opportunity to stuff my face or teach myself a little bit of restraint. I approach each situation thinking about my goals. As Han approached Maz Kanata’s Castle, he was entering a feasting hall that offered a good time and the opportunity to gorge on sumptuous foods. Han knew what he was sitting down for and stuck to his plan. He didn’t hit the buffet line three times, but gave his attention to his diminutive host. Community gatherings ought to be about the human interactions. I give all of my attention to my companion, and not to the menu. In any situation, there are temptations; each one can be handled, one small step and moment at a time.