Groundhog Day

I’m snowed in today! 3 or 4 beautiful inches of fresh snow – still coming down. Definitely gonna keep me home today!

I’m going to watch Groundhog Day today! One of my all-time favorite movies: Bill Murray and Asheville’s own beloved Andie McDowell – how can you go wrong!

Some people think this movie is a very discouraging metaphor: “It’s Groundhog Day!” means “another day where everything goes the way it did the day before – you just can’t get out of an endless loop”.

My old spiritual teacher, Sri Chinmoy, had exactly the opposite take on this movie. He thought – and I have encountered other people who agree with this read on the movie – that it was a supremely encouraging, comforting metaphor.

Every day, life gives us another chance to get right what we didn’t get right the day before. Life keeps sending us the same situation until we master it.

Karma is not in any way harsh or hostile. Life just has some things it wants us to learn – and it patiently gives us opportunity after opportunity to get it.

I’m on board with that analysis of the movie. And today, I’m going to just feast myself on the fun of it.

The fabulous Andie MacDowell no longer lives in Asheville. But she did overlap with me for a while here. Some people who went to the same stores as her had many “Andie sightings“.

I had one: I was in the Verizon store in South Asheville – and she treated the customer service rep like an absolute bitch!

But I am not holding on to her that way. Having people know you wherever you go must get to be a real drag sometimes. And other people have reported Andie being an exceptionally sweet, nice person. And God, in her prime, that woman was so beautiful!

I bet she is still quite stunning. I think I heard she’s living in Colorado now. Perhaps, when the pandemic breaks, I shall go look her up. I think she’s got some kind of a great partner, but you never know – right?

Majo’s 10″ Groundhog Day message:

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These days all of my identities are converging: whether I am offering a blessing in the grocery store checkout line, offering a prayer in a poem or experiencing the kinship with all life while walking my or a client's dog - it's all the same. It's all Life.

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