Howdy friends! Happy Groundhog’s Day!
So, the furry little rodent saw his shadow this morning, which means one thing: It’s pretty sunny in Pennsylvania this time of year! Just kidding. So, it’s supposed to mean 6 more weeks of winter. But, rest easy, readers. Phil’s only been right 6 of the last 30 years. It’s actually good that he saw his shadow, because if we count on him being wrong, as usual, that means an early spring! Or, it could mean absolutely nothing and we’ll all just have to wait and see. If I wasn’t such an optimist, I’d think the ladder to be true!
Did you know that Groundhog’s Day actually came to be because German settlers in Pennsylvania had a saying.
“For as the sun shines on Candlemas day, so far will the snow swirl in May”
And, let’s not forget that movie! Bill Murray is cursed to repeat the same day over and over again until he gets it right. Bill Murray, if you’re reading this (and I can only hope you are), I have to tell you that the “Don’t drive angry” scene cracked me up! Long before this movie came out, I used to give my baby sister rides on my bicycle. To make her not be scared, I used to say, “Don’t drive wacky!” I would wiggle the handlebars back and forth rapidly and she would laugh. Til one day when I wrecked and she got a fat lip. Yeah. Oops.
But, maybe repeating the day isn’t such a terrible curse! I think there are several days in my life that I wish I could repeat until I got them right, with no consequence other than my own learning. In fact, the learning aspect of the movie is probably one of the most endearing. He begins taking piano lessons, a true novice at first, but he is able to learn from day to day while his teacher remembers nothing of his past visits. Wouldn’t it be a miracle if we could learn from our mistakes while those around us forgot that they ever happened?!
Imagine if everyone could pick a day to repeat until they got it right. Our doctors could cure diseases. Our scientists could find the right answers to their scientific questions (Very specific, eh?!). Our students would excel in their classes; our artists would never fail at brilliance. I would have wowed the powers that be, and get promoted instead of fired. Our loved ones would see a doctor for that cough or that twinge in the side before it was too late.
But, maybe it’s not unfortunate that everything we do has consequences and some are good and some are bad. Maybe everything has to be the way it is because whatever makes the world go round says so. I believe that’s God. And, I believe that everything happens for a reason. Oh, it’s pretty hard to find the reason when I’m sitting here, bored and tired because I can’t seem to sleep through the night.
But, friends, that’s what it is to believe. If I say I believe that everything happens for a reason, then I have to truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Even this.
So, on this Groundhog’s Day; I’m going to count my blessings for the sunshine rather than curse poor old Punxsutawney Phil.
Have a great day, friends! (And don’t drive angry!)