Despite the overcast morning, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this past Monday, predicting six more weeks of winter. Here at the Odyssey office, spring blooms are popping up all around, so we may have some doubts about our furry friend. While the marmot’s annual forecasts may be suspect, his celebrated role in American culture is undeniable. And Bill Murray’s 1993 film Groundhog Day only serves to further canonize the strange holiday. In the flick, weather man Phil Connors is begrudgingly sent to cover the Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, only to find himself stuck in an eternal time loop. He awakens each morning to repeat the same day over and over again.
While most of us likely do not plan our spring skiing weekend around the predictions of a large rodent, we can all relate on some level to Phil Connors’ predicament. Our lives can sometimes seem to be as repetitive and suffocating as his time loop no matter what stage of life you are in. Get up, go to school, cram a thousand concepts, problems and standards into your brain or that of your students, shuffle paperwork… scurry, prepare, eat, sleep. Rinse and repeat.
Here at Odyssey Teams, we participate in the loop alongside you. Our scuffed suitcases are evidence of the many hours spent in airports, taxis, and hotels. Retired ropes are proof of the many participants that we have harnessed and belayed as they balance on wires and jump from platforms. The boxes of prosthetic hands donated are the result of thousands of quality checks performed at our office.
But rarely do we feel the strain of the repetition. For us, the distinguishing characteristic is the people. Each time we deliver a program, we have the incredible opportunity of connecting with new faces. Students, teacher, corporate participants, ten year-olds receiving bikes, the grandma seated in seat A on the plane. The people we have the privilege of interacting with, learning from, and building up, serve to differentiate one program from the next, and make each day spent on the road more than worth the repetition. We so hope to be the break from the norm for you and your group this year. If you are find yourself bogged down by pressure and redundancy or are noticing behaviors in your class related to this pressure, give us a call. We’d love to be the exception to the rule that provides perspective to the loop.