Happy Groundhog Day!
According to folklore, if upon waking up and looking outside the critter sees his shadow, the prediction is for six more weeks of winter weather. If it’s cloudy and there is no shadow seen, then it’s going to be an early spring. Hmm…I suppose the weather forecasters need all the help they can get, but a groundhog!!?? Really?!
Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell helped form a new appreciation/thought for Groundhog Day with the film by the same name in 1993 (could it really be that long ago?!). The movie explores what might happen if someone were given the chance to live the same day over and over. What opportunities might have been missed that would be played out in a different way if the same 24 hours could be perpetually redone? What people might be paid more attention to? How might someone become different if they were the only one who knew the same things would happen every day, but their reactions could be different? What a great premise for reflection, and for living!
If I had today to live over with a different outcome, I might not have picked on someone as I did. Or taken someone’s picking on me so seriously. Or wasted those extra minutes when I could have/should have been elsewhere. Or….
Perhaps the blessing is that each day is a new beginning with God, as God looks at me each day afresh as Child of God - called, forgiven, shaped and sent. Thanks be to God!