Wisdom from 30 years ago
Muse #570 - as relevant today as yesterday
I just wrote about movies a couple of days ago. And here is yet another one. My wife and I went to watch “Groundhog day” a movie from 30 years ago, 1993 to be precise.
It is the story of a weather reporter traveling to the small town of Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania to report on the event of whether Punxsutawney Phil, the town’s groundhog would see his own shadow when released from his cage on Feb 2nd of each year. If he does see his shadow, then winter is expected to continue for yet another 6 weeks, else winter is expected to end early.
In the movie, the reporter ends up repeating the same winter day of Feb 2 over and over again for a prolonged period of time. It is a great analogy in these pandemic times. Working from home each week, the days seem so repetitive and invariant. The days, weeks, and the months seem to meld into one another and become repetitive of sorts. A monotone of events.
Finally, with the advice from the female lead, our hero figures out that the only way of breaking free from these patterns was to enjoy what he was doing and doing it so well in spite of the constraints. Which he eventually does. Such good advice seems to be specially written up for these pandemic times.
Break free of your patterns by making the best of what you have by working on your everyday constraints in a way to improve on them and thrive with them.
The movie was sponsored by Metro movie nights in collaboration with my employer Interac. A wonderful idea for community involvement and in making summers count better.