Updated: Feb 4, 2020
Let’s take a few minutes to talk about it. You may not be from the United States, so you probably have never heard of it...or, if you have, you may want to hear my take on this odd little holiday that has held a huge place in my heart for a very long time.
The concept is simple: weather prediction. On February 2nd, in the little town of Punxsutawney, PA, thousands of people gather around the home of a small groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil who emerges from his home (he’s been hibernating for the Winter) and checks whether or not he can see his shadow. If it’s sunny out (which has happened just 20 times since Phil began checking in 1887), and he sees it, we’re in for six more weeks of winter, while a cloudy Groundhog Day is supposed to forecast an early spring.
Now, the concept of a groundhog determining whether or not spring is just around the corner may seem absurd, and to a lot of people, it is. But there’s just something I love about predictive events, people and systems that gives me a sense of certainty and calm about the future. It’s a little like Feng Shui, or the Farmer’s Almanac...it gives you just enough information to provide explanations for how you feel or what’s going on around you! And honestly, our little friend Phil has a track record of getting more years right than he does wrong.
However, my larger connection to Phil came through the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day”
starring Bill Murray. If you haven’t seen the movie, read a quick synopsis here. Within the movie, Bill is stuck doing the same thing in the same way, repeating the same day over and over until he realizes that HE has changed in order to elicit change in his life. If his thinking remains the same, no matter what he does or how extreme his actions are (at one point he robs a bank and even tries to (unsuccessfully) kill himself), the date will stay the same and so will his miserable life!
While this all sounds (extremely) extreme, it made me realize that each and every day I need to notice the smaller details and make myself a better person. It’s not about leaving my space or leaving my state but leaving behind a negative mentality. To go outside of yourself and your ego and touch the lives of others is what can change even the smallest life into a great one.
Every family has their movie...and this is mine. I've always been about being positive, helping others, and looking at the little things in life as gifts. There are many different personalities - even in my own family! Both positive and negative but building a strong character will always be the quickest way to rise above any “groundhog day” we may be experiencing. Groundhog Day (the movie) is able to speak to each of us on a different, more personal level. But everyone gets a good moral and a really great laugh!
Did you ever have a "Groundhog Day" moment or a family movie that you can watch over and over? Follow me on Instagram or Facebook and let me know!! Essential oils I love for getting out of a rut: Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine or the DoTerra blend Citrus Bliss which contains them all!
*For all my Christian friends...Falling midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, February 2nd - Candlemas is a feast commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the holy temple in Jerusalem. In certain parts of Europe, Christians believed that a sunny Candlemas meant another 40 days of cold and snow. When German immigrants settled Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, they brought the custom with them, choosing the native groundhog as the annual forecaster.