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Groundhog Day

February 1, 2016

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Groundhog Day: When a groundhog comes out of its burrow and depending on the weather, may or may not see its shadow. If it’s sunny, the groundhog will retreat back into its burrow where it’s warm and cozy, as we endure six more weeks of winter. I have always wondered about this tradition and why we rely on a reddish brown rodent to predict the weather.

When I think of Groundhog Day, I think of the movie where Bill Murray plays an obnoxious weatherman wScreen Shot 2016-02-01 at 8.52.36 AMho finds himself repeating the same day over and over again. Can you relate to this? Do you ever wake up with the best intentions, but only a few hours into the day find yourself making the same poor choices again and again? Eventually in the movie, Bill Murray makes small changes each day to improve himself. He spends his days helping the people in the town, he learns to sculpt ice, to speak French, and he even saves a few lives! More importantly, over time he changes the way he thinks about himself, and the way he sees the world around him. As you know, these changes didn’t happen over night. It happened over time…making a few mistakes along the way, trying and retrying, but persevering.

To change ourselves effectively, we first have to change our perceptions…Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. But there’s no greater investment…” (Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change.)

So this Groundhog Day invest in yourself! Change the way you see yourself. Be patient…don’t give up. Don’t worry about seeing your shadow, and then crawling back into your burrow where you feel most comfortable. Even if it’s hard…even if it’s uncomfortable, come out of your hole and be kind to yourself. Even the smallest changes you make will produce great results….results that will last!

Happy Groundhog Day!!

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