We are midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, and some of us have snow continuing to pile up all around, so we need something to celebrate!
In times past, this day, February 2nd, was the approximate date of Candlemas – a day when leaders of the Christian church would bless and distribute candles to get community members through the remainder of winter. Superstition was, if you saw your shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter:
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter will have another flight. But if it be dark with clouds and rain, winter is gone and will not come again.
In Europe that predictive power was somehow transferred to the shadow of a badger, then carried to the US and Canada and bestowed on a groundhog — the only similar shadow seeking beast the settlers could find.
Yes, most of us know today is the day, in Gobbler’s Knob, when we lean to the whisperings of the famous prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil and learn if we will endure winter for another six weeks…or be blessed with an early spring. The star of the day, by many accounts, is the luckiest groundhog on earth. Here’s why:
- Phil doesn’t have to hibernate. Not only does he live in the town library, he shares his environment controlled “digs” with his bride, Philly.
- Phil has an Inner Circle that cares for him. Currently, fifteen tuxedoed, top hat wearing townspeople pamper Phil year-round, and speak his language – Groundhogese.
- Phil may live forever. According to legend, there has been only one, making him at least 136 years old. How’s that happen? Aside from the routine pampering of his handlers, he drinks a secret “elixir of life” at a summer picnic in his honor. Each sip is said to extend his life another 7 years.
- Phil is never wrong. Sure, what the President of the inner circle hears from Phil then passes to the Vice President (who reads the pronouncements of the “seer of seers”) has been right only about 65% of the time, the inner circle will tell you it was their fault. They misinterpreted the few bits of Groundhogese Phil shared.
Punxsutawney Phil lives the good life – pampered, famous and eternal.
Then there is Phil Connor, introduced to the world in 1993. Phil is a miserable character played by Bill Murray in the now classic mystical comedy, “Groundhog Day”.
We all know the story. This self-centered, misogynistic, smarmy weatherman somehow gets trapped in Punxsutawney living the same day over-and-over again. That is, until he learns the lessons this time warp is meant to teach him and makes each day better, becoming a much-improved version of himself through the journey.
Phil Connor is stuck. His reliving of Feb 2nd on repeat is where we all get the slang for a broken or flawed event we seem to keep enduring, time and time again.
It’s Groundhog Day, and we need change!
As snow continued to fall throughout the northeast today and the drifts pile over my fence, I watched as Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. That is the 106th time, so we will have six more weeks of winter. Those in the Northeast of the US, like me, are feeling this quite intensely today. IN Groundhogese, he did also share with his inner circle this will be the best spring ever.
While that question is answered, this one remains: “When will you recognize the long shadow of frozen winter in your life and usher in the eternal spring of change?”
The one constant and often dramatic force in our life is change. Everything is in the process of becoming something else. Change happens everywhere and with everyone, constantly.
In the galaxies around us and in our own solar system — where our sun will burn out in a few hundred million years — change is happening. While the debate lingers, we cannot ignore our climate is undergoing constant change. In the subatomic world, where many of our clients work, even within our bodies, particles are colliding with one another, encoding change and morphing into something else in hundredths of a second.
Everywhere, every moment, everything is changing.
According to C.J. Rogers, in our existence, change is the one thing we can be absolutely certain of….So why don’t we live each day, to include Groundhog Day, acknowledging this and initiating change on a regular basis, putting ourselves in harmony with and even control of this process?
Even with all the change forced on us in the last year, we still find ourselves wondering why change is so hard to embrace.
The definition of insanity is doing things the same way and expecting a different result – so goes the trite old saying. Really, what is meant by this is that a life lesson is taught to you in many different ways until it is finally learned, as with Phil Connor. We must learn to be comfortable with change, embrace it, and, better yet, direct, command and demand it.
There are three main factors directing change in our life: choice, chance and crisis. All three have immense power and operate in your life through their own particular dynamic. Of the three, favor choice. Choice allows us to be proactive in orchestrating change versus having undesirable transformation thrust upon us.
Initiating change through choice, will and practice is the path of constant and continuous improvement to create a better you and a better world. Working with the dynamics of choice means embracing change as a reality, being vigilant in looking for changes that would help us and others, and then being proactive in initiating them.
In business, it is true no market stays the same year after year. You are either gaining share or losing ground. You are either innovating new products and outpacing your competition, or your competition is innovating and supplanting you. You are either building an empire or letting it slowly erode around you. You are either gaining customers or losing logos.
If things are going well, you may choose to make no changes and run your business exactly as you have in the past. The marketplace, however, is not static. This world is ever changing. It is a constant system of development, improvement, degradation and adaptation.
We usually don’t make changes when things are going well, and that is often a problem. By not initiating change, you may easily fall behind. Good is the enemy of great, according to Jim Collins. We must not ignore the change agents; they demand change, and if we do not initiate change, life, competitors, compatriots and bosses will initiate it for us.
As it is in business, so it is true in all elements of our life. Our relationships with our friends, children, parents, spouses or co-workers are also all in the process of becoming something else. Through using the dynamics of choice, we can choose to deepen and enrich the relationships important to us and make the tough choices to redefine or even discard those that detract from our lives.
Our health will not remain the same. Our choices in diet, exercise, thoughts and lifestyle will all have their effect. So, too, with our spirituality. Left alone, unattended, it will not stay the same but will wither into something that no longer nourishes us. In choosing to expand our spirituality through the grounding practices of gratitude, meditation, thankfulness and study, making these an active part of our days, we reap the rewards of a brighter outlook and a healthier contribution to our communities.
Our physical, fiscal, mental, moral, spiritual, career and relational health all are going through changes, and those changes must be intentionally directed by choice for the best possible outcomes. Today, identify aspects of your life that would respond favorably to change, and then activate that change, putting yourself in harmony with the greater laws of the universe. Consciously craft and create change in your own life, and work to improve the lives of others.
As we look back on 2020, it is certain most of us would all like to change many events from that year! At times, it certainly seemed like we relived the same day over and over again and did the same things with the same results…or lack thereof.
As we enter February 2021, we know it will be nice for Spring time to get here – that time of year where the weather is beautiful, the flowers are blooming, and people are anxious to get out into the sunshine.
But do not wait for spring to affect magnificent, meaningful change in your life.
It’s Groundhog Day, so let’s all embrace change for the better, even if the dark days of winter linger a while longer….according to Phil.
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