Today is Groundhog Day. A day when we look to a small woodland creature to tell us our fate. Is there any greater feeling of not being in control than this?
Phil: “Do you ever have déjà vu Mrs Lancaster?”
Mrs. L: “I don’t think so but I could check with the kitchen.”
A great line from the infamous movie Groundhog Day in which Phil Connors lives the same day over and over…and over again. At first he treats this as a curse, feeling like he’s lost control of his life. But then he begins living life like there’s no tomorrow (because for him there really isn’t one), which causes a bit of trouble at first but eventually leads him to accidentally fall in love with his colleague, Rita. From then on, he takes control of the day, using it to improve until he finally gets it right…and he gets the girl.
It’s a great story, but it feels closer to reality now than when the film first debuted 30 years ago. Once the pandemic made us realize that none of us are guaranteed tomorrow, it changed everything.
When the pandemic hit, we all hunkered down in fear, not knowing what would come next and feeling a complete loss of control over the life we once knew. But once we realized that we would start to return to some version of normal, we started to reflect on what really matters. And for many of us, that meant resigning from jobs where our efforts weren’t valued or appreciated; walking away from cultures that made us feel like outsiders; and leaving leaders who didn’t care to see us as more than cogs in the machine.
The great reflection and great resignations are outcries from the people.
We want more. We want better.
We want to be treated like whole human beings.
We want to take back control.
We want to be part of the Rebuilding.
It’s time to let sleeping groundhogs lie and take back control of our own destiny.
Because no one should have to live the same day twice – unless they choose to!