A Lesson From Groundhog Day

On Feb. 2 of every year, one of the world’s most famous meteorologists makes a bold prediction about how much longer winter will continue, based entirely on if he sees his shadow or not. Granted, this celebrity meteorologist is also a burrow-dwelling rodent, so his predictions need to be taken with a grain of salt. However, this slightly bizarre tradition from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania continues to be very popular and keeps the groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil in the spotlight every year. This tradition also spawned one of the most beloved comedy films starring the king of comics, Bill Murray.
The movie Groundhog Day revolves around the premise of an arrogant and self-centered weatherman named Phil Connors (Bill Murray), who reluctantly reports on the events of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. However, when he wakes up the next day he is shocked to discover that it is Feb. 2 again, and he is the only one who seems to recognize the fact that the day is repeating itself. First, he embraces his situation by living without fear of consequences and lives dangerously knowing that he will always wake up the next morning as if nothing happened. But he eventually grows tired of the time loop and soon discovers that not even death will let him escape reliving Groundhog Day.
How does he finally end the cycle? He uses his condition of reliving each day to help as many people as he can and bettering himself until he has the perfect day and finally wakes up on Feb. 3.
Now, we as observers to this story can use this lesson that the greatest joy in life comes from giving yourself to others and living with altruistic values instead of being only concerned with one’s own selfish wants and needs.
So when you watch Punxsutawney Phil poke his head out of his hole, keep in mind what you can do for others and think about how you can improve and refine yourself, because nothing feels more satisfying than being charitable and kind in a world that is often filled with repetition.

– Jordan Jungck
Bison Run ALA