In expressing the quiet and seemingly hopeless repetitive state of our lives in these uncommon times, I’ve heard many people say, “it’s like groundhog day,” which has become a widely used term in popular culture to describe a reoccurring set of circumstances. Whether directly intended or not, the reference comes from the classic 1993 Bill Murray comedy-film Groundhog Day, directed, produced, and co-written by Harold Ramis, where Bill Murray’s character, weatherman Phil Connors, finds himself stuck in a dispiriting time loop.
But this film is so much more than an entertaining story of a contemptible weatherman trapped in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania living the same, sometimes hilarious and other times devastating depressing, day over and over. It is a film about self-awareness, self-improvement, and ultimately spiritual re-birth and transcendence. When Phil Connors finally, through love and gratitude, breaks the time-loop curse, he emerges a better, more gracious human. Are we all not faced with the same opportunity in our lives right now?
Instead of looking at our current situation as an impediment to what we were, we should be embracing it as a blessing, as an opportunity to examine who we are, and what we could be. Our lives may seem hopelessly suspended in time, but we will move past this, life will return to some form of normalcy, it will all speed up again, but who will we be, and what will we be able to say for ourselves and for this time in our lives when it does? If we are going to reference Groundhog Day to convey the context of our lives at this moment, to me, there is a great responsibility that comes with that reference.
With Love and Peace,
-— Mike Vallely