We all know that on the morning of February 2, the groundhog peeks his head out of his hole and predicts the weather.
What did he predict this year? Does anyone know? Or take any stock in it? Six more weeks of winter if he sees his shadow. If it’s a cloudy day and he sees no shadow, the spring season will come early. Hmm. If it’s a sunny day, he dives back into his hole for six more weeks of hiding? Wouldn’t he want to come out into the sunshine?
It doesn’t matter. Six weeks past February 2 is March 16. If spring were to arrive then, we all would be happy. The Spring Equinox happens every year on March 19, 20, or 21 anyway (this year March 20). Six more weeks of winter or early spring seem synonymous to me. And I don’t mind winter.
The other thing that comes to mind on this day is the movie Groundhog Day, the 1993 Bill Murray flick. I didn’t see it when it first came out, assuming it was a dumb schtick comedy. In recent years, I viewed it and was delightfully surprised. I’m not the only one. The movie has become a respected classic.
You know the premise of the film, and if you don’t, watch it. If you haven’t seen it in a while, give it 101 minutes of your time. It’s not just Bill Murray’s character being stuck in a time loop and going through Groundhog Day repeatedly.
We don’t re-live the exact same day over and over, yet life itself is a series of days where we can start again fresh, implementing what we learned the day before. Our vault of knowledge and wisdom is cumulative. How we behave and react should absolutely be influenced by what we learned the day before.
It takes time to develop a sense of understanding about life. Our world view can shift as we experience more and more days. As movie critic Roger Ebert said about the film back then, “Just because we’re born as SOBs doesn’t mean we have to live that way.”
As I always say, even if you were born a Crabby Abby, you don’t have to stay that way. Or a worrier, or poor, or not healthy, or fearful, or whatever. With each day, we gain deeper insight and we can stop spinning our wheels in the same old same old. You can absolutely “change your stars,” to quote another movie (A Knight’s Tale, in case you were wondering.)
Don’t get stuck on what the calendar tells us, or what the media tells us, or what society tells us. You are here to experience each day fully. If tomorrow happens, wake up and enjoy that day fully. Build on what you know. Explore new possibilities. Maybe you want to learn French or how to play the piano. Maybe you would rather play with paint or go hiking. Every day, do something you enjoy.
If you can implement that one rule (do something you enjoy every day), your life will change. The days may all look the same in one regard and yet you’re expanding, little by little. That is all it takes to achieve a happy life.
No matter the weather, the movies you watch, the external circumstances you face, make this the day you renew your focus on you, your life, your goals and dreams. As Bill Murray as Phil said in the movie, “I’m not going to live by their rules anymore.”
Smile more. Enjoy a little more silly, and order up a fulfilling life.
Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?
Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.