Word Of The Week – Week 5

Wow! It’s February ALREADY!

Let’s get it started with our word of the week. This week’s word is Mulligan.

This word was inspired by Groundhog Day. Not so much the holiday that we celebrate each year on February 2nd, but the 1993 movie in which Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is out to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn’t predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right. A great movie.

Now in golf terms the word Mulligan is defined as a do-over. (You can see GolfDigest’s explanation here.) Phil, in the movie, got several do-overs.

However, life is not like a game of golf – there are no mulligan’s and it is even less like the movie Groundhog Day. We just don’t get do-over’s. Consequently we often find ourselves regretting something we’ve said or done or perhaps something we have not done. I was pondering how it is that we can avoid living a life full of regrets. Here is what I came up with:

  1. Strive to make good decisions. Think before we speak or act.
  2. Realize that experience is the best teacher. When we learn from our mistakes it then becomes a valuable lesson. Thus we learn from our mistakes.
  3. Admit our errors to ourselves and be willing to forgive ourselves.
  4. Admit our errors to others who we may have hurt and make apologies/amends.
  5. and certainly seek God’s forgiveness when warranted.

P.S. Regardless of the groundhog’s prediction spring is coming. 🙂

11 thoughts on “Word Of The Week – Week 5

  1. [I am still catching up in Reader Ruth …a week behind.] I may be the only person in the world who has never seen “Groundhog Day” and when people on the radio mention it every year I think “I must see that movie sometime.” I like your words of wisdom that accompany the word “mulligan” – I especially like your parting words:
    “P.S. Regardless of the groundhog’s prediction spring is coming.” It feels like a long way away right now. I promise I won’t complain about the heat this Summer.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I’ve seen the movie several times and would watch it again. Spring does feel like a long way off but The year seems to be flying by. I can’t believe it’s the middle of Feb already.

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      1. It was a fairly moderate Winter until now … now the bottom falls out unfortunately. You’ll get lots of crafts done while you await the warmer weather Ruth. I’m wishing it was the middle of March! 🙂

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  2. Even though I know I am human and definitely not perfect, I still hate to make a mistake that affects others. I have really been working on owning my mistakes, learning my lesson and putting them behind me. Hard to do but so much better for my piece of mind then all the stewing I used to put myself through.

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