Bonus Quote for Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is celebrated in the U.S. every year on February 2nd. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.  The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held at Gobbler Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and features Punxatawny Phil emerging from his burrow to make hi annual prognostication.  See more information about the celebration at the Punxatawney Groundhog Club’s official Groundhog Day page.

In the movie Groundhog Day, Murray plays an arrogant and egocentric Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during a hated assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. After indulging in hedonism and numerous suicide attempts, he begins to re-examine his life and priorities.

And now for your Groundhog Day quote:

Finish every day and be done with it.
 You have done what you could;
 some blunders and absurdities crept in;
 forget them as soon as you can.
 Tomorrow is a new day;
 You shall begin it serenely and
 with too high a spirit to be encumbered
 with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


This was circulated on Dan Galvin’s “Thought for the Day” Internet mailing list on November 3, year unknown.  It was also quoted in the the no-longer-published NewsScan Daily (“Above the Fold”) online newsletter on January 9, 2002.


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