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Seeing Shadows on Groundhog Day and Most Days?


This morning  Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Pennsylvania groundhog, was rousted from his burrow in an enclosure near the town library and transported to Gobbler’s Knob to predict, in front a crowd of thousands, six more weeks of winter. Phil’s prediction is based on whether or not he sees his shadow, and the American media reported widely that Phil’s accuracy is around 39-percent.

The first definition of shadow is “a dark area or a shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface,” according to dictionary.com. But shadow can also mean gloom, oppressiveness, sadness or feelings of ominous. And of course shadow can refer to the part of ourselves that may be hidden from our awareness but may be causing our actions and reactions.  We may feel shadows in our work lives when things don’t seem to be going our ways, such as when a deal falls through, when we don’t get an expected promotion or that job for which we interviewed at the exciting new company, when our yearly raise or bonus is not all that we expected or even when our co-workers or supervisors seem to be taking their bad moods out on us and everyone else around them.

 

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