Groundhog Day has been happening for a couple of centuries as a sign of hope. Hope that the cold and harsh weather of winter will end and the warming of spring will arrive. I don’t think anyone still believes in the power of a groundhog’s prognostication, but the tradition has continued as a way to visualize our goals.
With the arrival of the movie Groundhog Day, the holiday has taken on an additional meaning of second chances. And third chances. And fourth chances. And fifth chances . . . . till we finally get it right. A westernization of the karmic wheel. A chance at getting it right.
If a movie can redefine a centuries-old tradition, then we can also. Ok, we don’t have Bill Murray mugging for us yet, but that will come in time. 🙂
“The War Song” by Culture Club is/was the Peace Song of the Day for January 23rd. Many thanks to David Kirschenbaum at Boog City for conjuring up this suggestion when we asked for an obscure, antiwar song!
“Between The Wars” by Billy Bragg is the Peace Song of the Day for October 25th. [Also, reposted for Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011] This is the kind of song that prickles your conscience and makes you think.