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Monday, July 29, 2013
How I survive while trapped in days like "Groundhog Day"
Sometimes one can have the impression that every other person is more happy, more successful, more cool, more lucky.
Sometimes one can have the impression that it will rain for ever.
Sometimes one can have the impression that everything is going wrong, that one is wrong, that nobody loves anybody, and so on.
[Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell in Groundhog Day (1993)]
But each day, no matter how terrible it is, lasts only 24 hours. This is the magic of life.
Well, at least if you are not Bill Murray as the grumpy reporter Phil, trapped in Harold Ramis' masterpiece Groundhog Day, that's it.
But let's say that it would be a very extreme situation.
How can one survive?
I can't speak for everybody, but I can speak for myself. When I have one of those days, just like today though, I tell myself that tomorrow everything will be fine. That I just have to keep doing what I am doing (learning German, working, reading, writing, exercising, eating well, watching a movie, whatever) at the moment, without getting stressed.
That I should enjoy the moment.
That I should appreciate everything I have achieved, everything I have done, everything I am.
That I shouldn't be too hard on myself.
That I don't have to worry about the future.
So basically I just tell myself to relax, to stay on track, to stay focused. And then I do it. Hour after hour. Without getting stressed.
It works perfectly.
The next day is usually a very good one.
What about you?