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Thought for today

I read online a quote I hadn’t heard before, from Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford and English author, “The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.”

Walpole lived to be 80-years-old (1717-1797), and I doubt seriously he lived in the fishbowl that we all seem to live in today, in the epicenter of information overload and inescapable obligations.

Funny, but I always thought technology was supposed to make our lives easier, not complicate things.

Our work years consist of waking up, going to work, go home and go to sleep just to have a “Groundhog Day” moment similar to the Bill Murray movie of the same name, where he is stuck reliving the same 24-hour cycle.

It’s easy to fall into the comfort zone of eating the same food, seeing the same television shows and repeating the process all over again the next day.

In the 1993 movie, Murray plays a role that has defined his comedic career — a self-absorbed but sympathetic person — who finds himself in a time loop repeating the same day over and over while covering the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Pa.

Murray’s character first takes advantage of the situation but soon finds himself re-examining his life and priorities.

In 2006, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

I’m sitting here thinking of the messages gleaned from both Walpole’s quote and “Groundhog Day,” and whether they are somehow related.

I guess Walpole meant we should all try and expand our boundaries beyond everyday life, or we’ll be doomed to repeat it to the point of depression, insanity or both.

There may be a similar message from Murray’s character in “Groundhog Day,” step away from the norm and try and accomplish at least one act of random kindness each day. 

I need to step outside my boundaries and try and fulfill at least one of my New Year’s resolutions, while trying to do the best I can at some others.