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Punxsutawney Phil and the future

Punxsutawney Phil, the celebrity of Groundhog Day
Punxsutawney Phil, the celebrity of Groundhog Day
Photo by Punxsutawney Groundhog Club

Last week my six-year old explained that Brownhog Day was coming. He said that Puxahappy Phil peeks his little head out and if he sees his shadow, winter lasts six more weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow, it will turn into summer. He got it mostly right.

Others have unique perspectives on this minor holiday, too.

In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character Phil Connors wakes up to the relive the same day every morning, repeating February 2 over and over. Initially, he pursues a course of self-destruction, but finds it unsatisfying. He then chooses a path of self-improvement, which eventually leads him out of the vicious loop. He finally encounters his future, waking up to February 3.

Groundhog Day can be an opportunity to predict a future for ourselves, our family and the earth. Punxsutawney Phil reminds us the outlook for spring is good, and brighter days are ahead. Combine the fresh perspective of a six-year old considering the Groundhog Day ritual for the first time with the evolution of a self-fulfilled person in Groundhog Day. Then, consider what changes you can make to find fulfillment for your family.

Watch the webcast live tomorrow morning at daybreak to see for yourself whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow. Or text “Groundhog” to 247365, and Phil will text you his prediction.

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