Groundhog Day

Blog 1597 – 02.02.2020

Groundhog Day

In Bill Murray’s 1993 movie, Groundhog Day, he plays an arrogant weatherman who is forced to relive Groundhog Day over and over till he gets it right. In the 2013 movie, About Time, the young man learns on his eighteen birthday that he has inherited his father’s ability to travel back through his own life to change things, not as easy as it might sound. He later learns that far better than living days over till we get them right is being awake and mindful enough to live them fully and best the first time.

Since I was a boy I have been fascinated with the idea of time travel and with fixing things. But, like the young man in the second movie, I have come to realize that most people, things, time, even ourselves, do not need fixing as much as just a lot more focused love and attention.

One more often used story reference, from a book this time, and I will conclude this discussion of time. In the classic sci-fi novel by Robert Heinlein called Stranger In A Strange Land, Michael Valentine Smith is the sole survivor of the first earth colony on Mars. A baby born to two of the spacecraft crew who all die shortly after landing, he is raised by the Martian old ones and taught many skills and abilities that no other earthling had ever been able to do before. One of those abilities is to slow down time so he can focus on the specifics and thereby do many detailed things at the same time perfectly. The first four ladies who meet Michael all testify that he is the world’s best kisser because as one of them explains, “When Mike kisses you he has no where else to be, nothing else to do, so he give you his full and undivided attention.” That is not only the key to great kissing but to great living, I think.

Living mindfully and fully focused seems to be the point that I am trying to make with the three above references. Life is not about changing things or others but changing ourselves and we do not have to live the same day over and over again, travel through time, or slow it down to do that, we have only to focus our minds enough to realize it is not people, things, the past, or even ourselves that need changing, just our own minds. And that my friends is as easy and as hard as thinking a new thought and discarding an old one.

Time travel is fascinating to think about but changing minds especially our own is more so. This Presidential Election year millions and millions of dollars will be spent hoping to sway the minds that are not already made up about who should be President of the United States next year. The puppet masters are pretty sure they can control the outcome of that election as some believe they did in the last one, if not all of them. Conspiracy theories come and go. The famous old quote goes, “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” I do not think that is all of the story. It has never been about who is President, who shot JFK, J.R, or Ghost (for you Power fans,) nor is about going back in time to kill Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, or some other “bad guy” before they could accomplish their dastardly deeds. It is about you and I thinking our highest and best thoughts and there-by changing our world, one new and better thought at at time.

Talk about your mind control and world changing events. Now that is the ticket.

Happy Groundhog Day again.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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