Ground Hog Day – A Metaphor for Life


Whenever I think groundhog day, I think of the movie (yes, I am a 90s primed individual).  The main reason being, Bill Murray awesomeness aside, is because I use “Ground Hog Day” as a life metaphor constantly when working with patients.  For those whom don’t know, the movie’s general theme is that the title character relives the same day over and over until he learns the lesson he is meant to and acts accordantly (to carry on to the next day).  First he ignores it, then he tries to cheat his way to advance to the next day, then he becomes apathetic, and lastly he has an epiphany (which is the learned lesson) and carries on to the next day (similar to the 5 stages – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance).  Many times in life we are presented with the same lessons.  Whether we listen to these lessons, that’s a different thing.  However, no matter how hard we try to avoid the lesson, it comes back to us in boomerang form (or deja-vu).  The lesson will continue to present itself until we listen to it, address it, accept it, and carry on.  Then we continue on to the next lesson, and that’s how we grow as people overall.

Happy Ground Hog Day Everyone!


About healthyhappynaturopathy

I am a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor working in Newmarket and Maple, Ontario I am an advocate of individualized and specialized medicine, about treating individuals as a whole, and evoking our own healing properties. To me, being happy is being healthy, and health flourishes with a positive mindset.
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