Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.

I always get a kick out of May the Fourth – a day where we celebrate Star Wars.

Recently, I came across a blog post that looked at positive mental healthy advice found in the Star Wars movies. While The Phantom Menace is my least favourite film in the franchise, I did find this advice helpful:

“You can’t stop change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” – Shmi Skywalker, The Phantom Menace. From the blog post:

Anakin Skywalker’s mother, Shmi offers this pearl of wisdom to her young boy who is resisting leaving her for the life of a freed slave.

Change is a constant in our lives and much of it is beyond our direct control, but many of us spend a lot of time fighting against change. While there are certainly changes that are worth fighting against, sometimes the best path for positive mental health is to accept that change is coming and re-position yourself to make the best of the situation rather than fighting the inevitable.

Once you accept change, it can be an empowering opportunity to start things anew.

Sounds right to me (Although Anakin missed the point of the lesson. Spoiler alert!). May the force be with you, today and everyday, in your journey of change.

ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 50 companies and 6,000+ construction professionals, better understand mental health. The program is free for ICBA members — see icba.ca/wellness.