Category Archives for "Groundhog Day"

John Wayne Quote

John Wayne HOPEWhat have you learned from your past that give you hope for the future?

In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character keeps repeating the same day over and over again.  Initially, it drives him crazy.  But then he starts to learn from the repeated day before to make the next repeated day better.



I took the weekend off.

I basically unplugged from the blog world.

There was not a regular Stretched Week in Review post this weekend.

I didn’t read any blogs.  And I didn’t even work on my own blog.

Hard to believe?  For me, yes is hard to believe.

There was too much living to do this weekend.  This is what occupied my time this weekend:  Jazz Festival on Friday night, running on Saturday morning (along with a few errands), Groundhog Day party on Saturday afternoon, basketball game late Saturday afternoon, The Mousetrap at The Walnut Street Theater on Saturday night, church, and a surprise 40th birthday party for one of my good friends.

There really wasn’t a lot of time for much else.

It was good to unplug for a couple of days.  As bloggers, we (or I) can get so consumed by what comes next on our (my) blog posts.  We’re always looking for ways to tie real life into our (my) blogs.  Sometimes, we need to put our (my) blogs aside, so we (I) can just live.

I had fun doing that this weekend.

What did you do this weekend?  Have you “unplugged” recently?

Ice Breaker – Groundhog Day

Today’s question is about Groundhog Day.  For those of you who are new or who forgot, ice breaker questions are used to help people get to know each other – to “break the ice” so to speak.  I love hearing what other people have to say and how they think.  So for today, I’m excited to throw out another simple ice breaker question.  I’ll answer it first, then it’s your turn.  Answer the question by leaving a comment for us all to enjoy.  Thanks!

Yesterday was Groundhog Day, and it made me think about the early 90’s classic movie – Groundhog Day.  In this movie, Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) repeats Groundhog Day over and over again.  Initially, he tries to use the repetition for his own personal benefit.  Then he gives up and decides that he can make a mess out of his life day after day after day without consequence the next morning.  The movie gets good though when Phil decides that he is going to use this dilemma as a gift to help other people.

Naturally, the movie makes you me think.  The end of the movie reminds me that we should make the most of each and every opportunity that we have.  Today is the day that we can make a difference.

Despite the times when we feel like we are running around in circles repeating things over and over again, we are guaranteed that things will be new every morning.  Lamentations 3:22-23:

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

I’m looking forward to new things to come every day.  A new adventure.  A new start.  And I’m thankful that I’m not stuck on the same day over and over and over again.

Question:  Have you seen the movie, Groundhog Day?  What is new with you today?  What’s old (or feels repeated) to you today?

 Obviously, I’ve seen the movie.  New for me today – I have the opportunity to meet today with a new project team and company initiative for a new project.  I’m looking forward to this meeting and the new opportunities that this project will present.  Old for me today – I’m an early bird.  By the end of the week, I can sometimes feel the repetition of the early morning.  I’ll be ready for some refreshment over the weekend.

So there you have it, my answer to the question.  Now it’s your turn….I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to say!