February 2nd is Groundhog Day in the United States. The folklore goes that if the groundhog comes out of his hole and sees his shadow then he goes back into his burrow and it will be winter for six more weeks. If he comes out and stays out then winter will soon be ending. I think this is kind of counterintuitive. To me if the groundhog sees the sun, then that means he wants to stay out and so winter should be ending soon. A lot of times the things we think should happen don’t.
For example, have you ever watched the movie “Groundhog Day” featuring Bill Murray? In the movie Bill’s character, Phil Connors, keeps waking up reliving the same day…Groundhog Day. He decides that since he knows what will happen he will do things differently and gets into some trouble. In the end he realizes this is not the way to live his life so he decides to do some good and ends up breaking the “Groundhog Day” spell.
Are you living a Groundhog Day kind of life? Do you wake up, watch the news, play with the kids, go to work, rush through your day, come home, eat dinner, put kids to bed and do it all again the next day? What kind of life are we teaching our families and children if we are running the same routine over and over. What happens when something changes, when things don’t go as you planned? Do you get frustrated or do you look at it as an opportunity to create a new path for the day? Maybe we need to change things up to bring new awareness to our lives and see our days differently.
There are small things you can do to change up your day to make them feel less like Groundhog Days: eat breakfast in a different location of the house; drive a different way to work or school; use a new cooking technique or recipe; change up your bedtime routine. If you want to make some major changes, look into vacationing at a spot you normally wouldn’t go, move to a new city or even a new part of the city you live in, add some type of civic responsibility that you normally wouldn’t take on. All of these are examples of how just making one change, might impact your attitude or allow you to see the world in a different way.
Our Family Friday Challenge for you this week is to Change Up Your Groundhog Day life! Do something radical and different than you normally do. I bet your children will notice immediately. Ask them what they think of the change. Start conversations about why change is good and why it can be bad. How has the change impacted your feelings towards the day or your life?