I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it.
I love the movie Groundhog Day. Directed and written by Harold Ramis, a favorite. Bill Murray stars within an impossible context- damned to re-live the same day over and over. If you haven’t seen it, you will not find much in terms of spoilers here. Go watch. You’ll enjoy!
Patterns are comfortable to fall into, they also can be a trap.
I think I have resisted this existential curse most of my life. Youth Ministry does not lend itself well to doing the same thing over and over each day…. But, can you be living in Groundhog Year? The same program each summer, the same conference each fall, the same parent meeting each September, the same, the same, the same. Not unlike the weatherman Phil in Groundhog Day you are “a god” in control of your own existence… (see clip below.) It is easy and manageable yet you are not really going anywhere, just like Phil.
This month, I enter into Year 2 of a new existence and I find myself repeating… and that ain’t good. I took the first day back in the offices after the snows and charted my energies out until September… lots of new. I’ve recently gotten married, LOTS of new there, too. There are some patterns that I want to grow into – you make the morning coffee, I’ll make the bed. But, it is essential that the constant pattern that I really want is one of unexpected generosity.
Groundhog Day is part of the shortest month of the year… it’s a little longer this year. It ends with a Leap Day. Take this month and make a plan for something new towards making differences. Commit to it by February 29th and make the leap.