Groundhog Day and Ideas that Transcend Time

Groundhog Day and Ideas that Transcend Time February 2, 2021

Today was another Groundhog Day for me. After coffee and breakfast I meditated. Then I fired up the computer and started writing. This afternoon I’ll run an errand and do chores. This evening I’ll spend time with those I love, then head off to bed. Not every day goes this way, but my life’s pretty routine.

I suppose your day will be just as routine except everything you do will be slightly different. Because it doesn’t matter where we live in the world or what our circumstances may be; while we all live completely different lives about 90% of what we say and do on any given day is just like every other day.

There are thoughts and ideas that transcend time, connecting humanity from one generation to another. / Image by wal_172619 from Pixabay

I like the way Mahatma Gandhi added a little curry-and-spice-advice to the mundaneness of life in this quote:

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” Mahatma Gandhi

I can imagine Gandhi speaking these words to a throng of people, but his advice falling short. It’s too idealistic. The reality is, the more mundane we know our lives to be, the less relevant our lives feel. Modernity has only compounded the banality. Sure, there’s a million ways to be diverted or entertained and to break the cycle of monotony. Yet, at the end of the day what we are all still seeking is substance.

Mahatma Gandhi / Image by WikiImages from Pixabay

It might be helpful to consider that there is already a lot of substance in our lives that has been with us since birth. It’s in our hearts and minds now, because it’s been enriching people’s lives for thousands of years. We are often just too distracted and busy to recognize how much this substance really matters.

Concepts that transcend time

I refer to this substance by way of simple concepts that have linked humanity together throughout time. Concepts like mutual respect and equality; which are so vital in allowing people from around the world to live in harmony. Honesty and understanding; which are core traits that foster the bonds of friendship. Familial love; the foundation of healthy families. Civility and tolerance; qualities which are in such demand these days, particularly in America or other countries in which its people remain divided. And just good, old-fashioned kindness and empathy – towards everybody.

If you think about it – or better yet meditate on it – you’ll discover that there are many concepts in life such as these which transcend time. What’s particularly fascinating is that despite all the choices modern life grants us to grow personally and to entertain ourselves, these pastimes are fleeting. And if we dare to really calculate the amount of trivia in our lives, we’d find that just a small percentage of what we actually do and think about each day is fresh and meaningful.

On the other hand, there is this wealth of concepts, qualities and principles that have transcended humanity since the dawn of time. These are the stuff of real substance, which holds friendships and families together and keeps cultures thriving. Spending a little time thinking about these dynamics can personally enrich us, but it will also connect us to the stream of life.

About Scott Stahlecker
Scott Stahlecker is a former minister and now writes for Thinkadelics about the joys and benefits of living as a freethinker. He is the author of several books, as well as the previous owner of several hospice agencies. You can read more about the author here.

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44 responses to “Groundhog Day and Ideas that Transcend Time”

  1. For too many people (me included!) the pace of life makes it hard to immerse yourself in the deep, fulfilling, human things that transcend time and enrich our lives. One benefit of the pandemic for many people was that there was simply nowhere to go, so there was more time to connect, reflect.

  2. After the restaurants closed in my area and we started to have more restrictions on where we could go, I actually enjoyed having more at home time. I got to spend more time with my wife and the family, and just hanging out at the house. I’m sure a lot of people feel the same.

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