“For the past thirty-three years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘if today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been No for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” -Steve Jobs
I watched the most recent episode of The Mindy Project yesterday and it was about the main character Mindy having a ground hog day experience for months and no matter what she did, the same day kept on repeating itself. At first she was annoyed but then she realized that since the day would reset, she could go and do all the things she wanted to try and do.
For me, it was very synchronistic that this episode aired yesterday because I literally woke up and had a long chat with the universe about needing some clue or guidance as to how to move forward in my life. To be honest, for the past year, I’ve found that there have been days that I’ve felt very frustrated and feeling like the same old thing was repeating itself over and over again. And its not like I didn’t know what I want to change in my life, I do. But its more a matter of knowing that the old is no longer working, yet not seeing the new yet therefore unable to take a step forward. So it’s been feeling like a phase of paralysis and not knowing how to make the changes needed.
The best part of the episode was when Mindy talked to Morgan about her experience and he said to her that maybe the universe is giving her a chance to do things differently. The moment I heard that, it felt like the universe was indeed talking to me and giving me a hint to my yearlong endless cycle of the same experiences. What if instead of feeling frustrated with life and how its not moving or changing; I see it as a chance to experiment and see what I can do differently to get things moving again in the direction that I would like it to go? Rather than viewing the ground hog day experience as defeat, it would be much more inspiring if I changed my lens of perception and saw it as a chance to try different things and tweak my life until things shifted to what I wanted to create for my life!
In the end, Mindy’s groundhog day ended. She learned to value what she already had and it wasn’t until she changed the way she related to her ex boyfriend and became less self-centered that things shifted and Wednesday finally turned into Thursday.
Rather than focusing so much on getting to Thursday, what if you saw times in life where you feel stuck in a rut not as a curse or inconvenience. Perhaps it might be a particular aspect of your life that you feel stuck, and find yourself complaining about all day long, would there be something that you could experiment with and do differently?
For example, if you felt like all you do is wake up, go to work, go home, eat and sleep, is there something that you can do today to shake things up and change this routine? It doesn’t have to be huge; it could even be doing a little something for yourself that makes you happy. Perhaps it could be as simple as taking a different route to work, or ordering something new from your favourite restaurant that you’ve never tried rather than getting the usual thing. What if you changed the lens of perception and treated these times of feeling like life repeating itself as the universe giving you a chance to try and do things differently and an opportunity to tweak your life?
What would be one thing that you could try doing differently today to shift any part of your life that feels like a ground hog day experience?