Sunday, March 10, 2013


Losing an hour stinks. It throws off sleep schedules, especially those of kids. Especially those of kids between the ages of 2 and 4 months. Especially my kids. According to all of the articles surrounding "springing forward", it doesn't even have all of the benefits of saving energy or boosting the economy, two of the reasons supposedly purported as its genesis.

Bottom line, why do we hold on to this tradition? Let's reclaim the hour and let's not fall back or spring forward anymore. This is one tradition I do not see the point in keeping.

Despite what I'm sure is part of my reputation as a leader, I am not against tradition. As a leader, I am an agent of change and part of invoking change in an organization involves looking at "the way things have always been done" and questioning why. It involves a realistic look at those things that are keeping us from being what and who we need to be. Max DePree states, "We cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are." The only thing that does not change is that everything changes.

Even some "traditions" that we hold dear - like daylight savings time changes.

The Church would still be Celebrating the Eucharist with the priest's back to the congregation. It would also still be in Latin. Papal conclaves could extend for months and even years based on factions and splits in nominees for the next Pope. The USA would still be a part of Great Britain. It would still have slavery and segregation and inequality between men and women.

But notice that these changes in what was surely billed as "tradition" did not change the essence of these groups. Fundamentally, the Catholic Church did not change because the priest turned toward the people and celebrated mass in the language of that group. If anything, it took a step closer to becoming what it needs to be, instead of remaining what it was. Forcing the voting Cardinals to choose a successor to St. Peter does not take away from the divine inspiration behind this process. God does not need our human, limited time (in this way, I'm pretty sure He doesn't need us to have daylight savings) to move. America more closely aligns itself to the words of the Founding Fathers as it did away with the traditions of ignorance, bigotry and sexism.

Traditions are intended to be symbolic. They are intended to convey messages, especially those most important to a group of people. The Catholic Church has them. Catholic Schools do as well. Many add so much to the identity of the organization. Many reveal the tenants of the school's mission statement and speak to the core of who and what the organization holds sacred.

But, these enduring traditions will have much more behind them than the argument: "because that's the way we've always done it."

It's time to do away with daylight savings time, and even though I personally won't get it, it's time to get back our lost hour of sleep.

It's time...well, what time is it really, anyways?