Just hearing the word groovin’ or seeing it in print, I start tapping my foot, snapping my fingers, bobbing my head and humming a tune. It’s a feeling that puts a smile on my face and relaxes my whole body.

Being in a groove means I”m on my game, getting things accomplished, growing into my limits and having a good time doing it!

But what about a rut? I mean technically they are the same thing according to the dictionary. They sure don’t feel the same. Being in a rut means I’m stuck, spinning my wheels and my energy without getting anywhere, staying tucked inside my comfort zone where the landscape never changes and there isn’t much joy there.

Maybe the difference is “groove” has “OO” in the middle and “rut” has “UH” in the middle. Whatever it is, I know I’d much rather be groovin’.

Sometimes though, we all get down in that rut where we don’t want to be. Whether you call it a routine, your comfort zone, the same ol’-same ol’, you’re there wanting something different, something more - a little flavor, a little flair.

You might be stuck in a rut: if you keep doing the same things the same way hoping for a different outcome.

You might be stuck in a rut: if you are taking your life and the people in it for granted and letting your assumptions highjack you.

You might be stuck in a rut: if you’re moving through life on auto-pilot without any thought to goals or commitments or accountability to yourself and the ones you love.

You might be stuck in a rut: if you have stopped exploring the opportunities and possibilities life has to offer. Are you afraid to rock the boat?

Now, find a comfy, quiet spot, sit back, relax, double click and listen to The Rascals.

AH, the sounds of groovin’:

You might be in a groove: if you have forward momentum and energy about life.

You might be in a groove: if you are persevering toward possibilities and breathing easy.

You might be in a groove: if you are stretching yourself beyond your current limits into something new and rewarding.

Are you ready to pack your bags and head out of that rut? Have you made your travel plans? You’ll need to bring along your ability to say, “Yes!” - risk, try something new. Make sure you’ve planned to eat nutritious foods, and get at least 6 1/2 hours of sleep. Pack your exercise gear and recommit to getting it done.

What have you been catching glimmers of that you haven’t gotten a grip on? A new recipe and a dinner party? Learning a new language? Creating a piece of art? A new exercise? A travel adventure? Get your GO! on and head straight for the groovin’.

“When you’re in a rut, you have to question everything except your ability to get out of it.” ----Twyla Tharp