Over and Over

On this day in 1887, the first Groundhog Day is observed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.


It’s Groundhog Day.

In the 1993 movie of the same name, Phil (Bill Murray) is trapped in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on a Groundhog Day that keeps repeating, over and over. No one else seems to notice.

Phil and his television crew are covering the annual even when the groundhog, Punxutawney Phil, comes out

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to see or not see his shadow. If he sees his shadow that’s supposed to mean six more weeks of winter. If not, spring is supposed to come early.

I’m pulling for heavy cloud cover.

I don’t do winter well.

The movie Phil has a chance to make something positive from the trap he’s in. It takes him a while to accept what is happening and he tries a few time to end everything. But, once he realized he’s stuck, he finds ways to improve himself, by learning to play the piano, learning CPR, and more.

In the end, he impresses the woman he’s fallen in love with.

We often get stuck in life. We find ourselves in a rut not able to make progress.

And that’s okay.

As I’ve said, life can be challenging sometimes. And in those sometimes it’s easy enough to think that nothing will change, that we can’t make any progress.

What we have to do, is recognize those times, and recognize that we have to do something to shake things up.

Maybe it’s something as simple as changing up a workout routine, or an eating plan. Maybe it’s getting more sleep.

The point is that it’s okay to be stalled. It happens.

Just don’t stay there.

Or at least learn to play the piano long the way.

Or maybe you can just sing with Elaine.

American actress and singer Elaine Stritch was born on this day in 1925 (died 2014).

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