Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Groundhog Day

The movie Groundhog Day cracks me up.The premise of it, however – reliving the same day ad finitum – scares the hell out of me.

Admittedly, on the surface, living one day again and again and again sounds instantly appealing. I think we all have at least one day that we thought would be ideal for a few times on repeat. I know I do. In fact, I can think of a few and it would be hard to whittle it down to just one. I also know my luck though and I'd likely be doomed to spend infinity in a day from Hell. And just like Bill Murray, I'd probably be looking for new and creative ways to just turn the game OFF.

But what one day could you get the most out of? The one where, with just a little inside baseball, you could change the outcome, and potentially, your whole life? It's an interesting concept. I've seriously thought about this before and the answer, while it seemed elusive in the beginning, is pretty obvious: today.

Yeah, you don't get the benefit of the inside baseball knowledge and you don't always get a second chance. But life isn't a game of street ball. A "do over," thanks to the car rounding the corner that you didn't anticipate, isn't always guaranteed.

All any of us can do is make the most out of the day before us. I'm telling myself this as I've woken up waaaaaay grumpier than normal thanks to my sinuses who are in full revolt, rebelling against the time I spent in a dentist’s chair yesterday. Even so, my resolve is set: I'm determined to go out there and have a really good day.

Even if that stupid little rodent predicted six more weeks of winter ...

7 comments:

MonkeyGirl said...

Thanks for the shot of optimism or the day. I will see what I can do with my own personal "inside" pitch!

OneLifeLiveIt said...

Happy Groundhog Day has been trending on Twitter all day.Nice to see an optimistic post - the Winter has been long and hard but as the sun starts to warm you can sit on your porch and appreciate it. Without contrasting seasons life would be pretty boring. A bit like Darwin Australia where the temperature is pretty hot and sticky all year round.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Interesting point! I guess Today is the one chance we get, and we can try to learn from Yesterday in order to get it right....

Mama Martha said...

Thanks for the inspiring start to my day. That, combined with the sunshine as I drove to work should help make this a great day!

NV said...

All -- Glad to send a little optimism your way!

Vicki said...

I'm a little late, but happy Groundhog Day! I am so thankful I don't have to relive any day over again, even the good ones. I'm always ready for what the future has in store.

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