Thursday, February 2, 2012

No Do-Overs

Today is Groundhog Day in the United States.  According to tradition, if a groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania sees his shadow, he will be frightened and head underground, and we’ll have six more weeks of winter.  If he does not see his shadow, we’ll have milder weather.
Every Groundhog Day I am reminded of the 1993 American comedy film Groundhog Day, directed by Harold Ramis, and starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.  The script was written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis.  Although it wasn’t an Oscar contender, it was placed in the United States National Film Registry in 2006 for being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, according to Wikipedia.
In the story, a TV weatherman who is really annoyed about being sent to the boondocks to cover a corny groundhog festival keeps repeating the day over and over again until he finally gets it right ---and gets the girl.
In real life, though, there are no do-overs. 
We must live with our mistakes.  We can learn from those mistakes, try not to repeat them, and ask forgiveness when necessary.
On the positive side, life is not a dress rehearsal.  Time is a precious and limited commodity. Life is short. We must make the most of each day, trying to live a life consistent with our values and belief.  We must make each day count.  We must not be so focused on checking items off our To Do List that we miss the gifts each day brings.  We should take time to smell the roses…because there are no do-overs.
Happy Groundhog Day!

LeAnn aka pasqueflower


  1. Nice, sometimes we do get so busy we forget to stop and enjoy the day and all it brings

  2. Good words, good thoughts -- and so true.

  3. You are so right! We need to make the best of every moment.

    I never saw that movie. Hear it was funny.

  4. Great post :)
    I wish that darn groundhog wouldn't have seen his shadow! I'm not liking this snow!