Tomorrow (2nd February) will be Groundhog Day in the USA when, ever since 1887, tradition has had it that if a groundhog emerges from its den and can see its own shadow – because it’s sunny – winter will persist for six more weeks.
But if it’s cloudy, that’s it: winter is supposedly over.
By the way, groundhogs are also known as woodchucks, and I wonder… How much wood could a groundhog chuck?
Anyway, in the 1993 comedy film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays an arrogant TV weatherman who, on location in Pennsylvania, finds himself in a time loop, doomed to repeat the same day over and over again, eventually ending up re-examining his life and priorities.
Of course, life’s not actually like that, because we live each day just once, without second chances.
And this means that however you’re doing today, you can take heart from the fact that you’ll only go through it once.
So if this is a rough patch for you, it’s OK, by this time tomorrow you’ll be able to check one more day off this period of despair.
You’ll be 24 hours closer to the light at the end of the burrow.
But what if you’re feeling good at the moment?
Well then this, surely, is a day to make the most of.
Today is a day like no other, which sounds like a fine reason to celebrate.