08 July 2009

groundhog day

deja vu all over again

You know the movie. "Phil" kept waking up and it was the same day over and over again. Ya know - same old, same old.

And what was one of the first things he did when he realized that it could be a good thing? He ate! And ate and ate!

But pretty soon he realized that it was not all he thought it would be. In fact, he was miserable. Until he learned how to get along. Then everything changed. A blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it.

The legend of the Groundhog is this: He comes out of his hole, and if he sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter.

Why? That's the part that no one can tell you is always "why."

Here's my take on it. Very simply it is this. Only a body can make a shadow.

If you come out of your little cozy hole, and look around and see your own shadow, you will have a long, cold, biting winter. You might even say frozen, harsh, miserable.

However, if you come out, and disregard the shadow that your own body makes, and realize that you are more than a body - so much more - then you are finally free!

I have a car, but I am not a car. I have a dog, but I am not a dog. You know, that old chestnut!
I have a body, but I am not a body.

So let it be as cold as it may. It can still be pleasant. A winter wonderland!

A blessing or a curse. Depends on how you look at it!


  1. we have one party a year around here and it's GHD!
    Love this post and you so nailed it with the embracing and working with challenges and obstacles---not fightingfighting them.

    making em work FOR YOU!

  2. It's all in your attitude. When my head is in the game it is so much easier.

    I choose blessing!

  3. First of all, that's one of my favorite movies! Secondly, excellent post!

  4. My fav quote from GD: "I like to see a man of advancing years throwing caution to the wind. It's inspiring in a way."

    No wait, it's when Phil's driving on the railroad track with his drunk buddies and sees an oncoming train: "I'm betting he's gonna swerve first."

  5. Hmmmmmmm. I'm pondering. Great post.

  6. Wow, excellent post. Love it!

  7. Oh, good post. It really is all in how you look at it.

  8. I agree with about the whole shadow issue. But does that same concept apply if you can't see your reflection in the mirror? :-)

    Seriously though, perception is an incredibly powerful tool and it's one of the few things we can actually control.

  9. You are so sweet! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me some comment love!

    What a great post! I love it!

  10. Oops, I forgot I was on my other blog when I made the above comment. If you happened to click on my name, you might get a little confused. This is my weightloss blog!

  11. Attitude adjustments have done me wonders. :) Great post!

  12. hmmm, nurse, writer, visual arts tech, AND philosopher. u da bomb anne!

  13. Thank you for your kind words. But I blatantly STOLE the IDEA from a book called A Course In Miracles! So I can't take ALL the credit.

  14. You Phooned!
    It was the first thing I noticed. :)

    I had that scale but I wasn't that scale.
    Now I am Me.

    Great post, Anne! Stole? nah, inspired by ...
    I have to get another copy. I think I'm ready for it now.


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