Groundhog Day

Today I’m writing about the Bill Murray movie rather than the day, because “Groundhog Day” is one of my favorite movies and gives us some important lessons on dealing with times like the Covid age.

First of all, I’d like to say that I think Bill’s progression of attitudes and interests and pursuits in the movie is pretty accurate to how I would think about things if I was reliving the same day over and over. I would try and stay up all night to break the cycle. I would have some fun getting away with minor crime. I would eventually be sick of being trapped and try to kill myself. And, hopefully, I would end in much the same way he did. I would try to better myself in as many different ways as possible. I would try to improve as a human being by thinking of others before I thought of myself.

And I think that’s the main takeaway that we can apply to the Covid age. In a way we are trapped in a never-ending cycle, where the news is always bad and when it will all end is very much up in the air. But if we work day by day to improve ourselves in some way, not only do we improve our circumstances and have something to look forward to, but we can improve and enrich the world as well. Whether it be nurturing a gift in music, or art, or philanthropy, or gardening, or whatever, we have it in us to be positive, rather than negative, and focus on improving our situation. We just have to make up our minds to work at “the thing” daily. It’s as the great Ralph Waldo Emerson said… “The law of nature is do the thing and you shall have the power.”

Thank you for reading my 66th blog.

Mark Inglis

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