It takes Bill Murray 12,395 days to learn how to be a decent human being in the film Groundhog Day.
Stuck in a never ending loop, Murray’s character makes the most of an undesirable situation. He successfully navigates despair by learning a foreign language, classical piano and even ice sculpting. But, not before spending half of those days in distress, fighting to escape and return to his former life.
We’re all Bill Murray. We’ve perfected banana bread, sourdough starter and whipped coffee. Three months into our global freeze, we’ve settled into our loops.
Unfortunately, when accustomed to lives led with the promise of spontaneity, it’s easy to let loops turn into ruts. The air of our tomorrows has been abruptly, and unexpectedly, let out by the pins of today.
Even the most positive of us can’t shake the daily dose of gloom and divisiveness that pervades the news, social media and our conversations. We can’t escape.
But what if we re-frame?
While we don’t always control what happens to us, we do control how we interpret what happens to us. And how we respond.
We’re always presented with three choices – be nostalgic for what was, build toward what could be or actively shape what is.
Don’t be fooled by the residual warmth and fuzzy of the past. Power is in the hands of the architects. Those brave enough to forsake the comforts of retrospection for something less certain, less familiar and more daring.
When we build, or mold, we transform possibilities into realities.
Regardless of how strange or quite frankly, unrecognizable, the present may be, there is always an opportunity to change it.
So maybe loops get a bad rep, after all.