This site will formally launch today – February 2, 2008.
For the 117th year on February 2nd, millions around the world will breathlessly await the most famous furry forecaster, “Punxsutawney Phil’s” annual prediction of an end to winter. February 2nd brings the most-watched weather forecast of the year — and the only one led by a rodent! Legend has it that on this morning, if a groundhog can see its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it cannot see its shadow, spring is on the way.
The result: PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Brace yourself for more wintry weather. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Saturday, leading the groundhog to forecast six more weeks of winter.
What does Ground Hog Day have to do with Die Happy Today? Not much unless you believe in shadows, ground hogs, or they both have 3 words in the title and end in day. Now that is a stretch but not much more of a stretch then placing your faith in Phil and his forecast.
I think February 2nd is a nice break in the middle of January and February.
Why are you writing Die Happy Today?
The title came to me on a flight from Winnipeg to Halifax in December 2007. I would have preferred an extra Diet Coke or cookies but the flight on WestJet left me with the question: If the plane crashed, would I die happy today?
This is not a theoretical question as I was a private pilot, took a plane from an incipient spin into a full spin, fell from about 4,000 feet, waited for my life to pass before my eyes – it didn’t happen – and I ended up with about 100 feet to spare from literally going six feet under. I often suppress this especially when I fly but at 53 it is time to unleash the learning.
I want this site to be useful to you – not to make you afraid of flying -and I also want it to function as a daily reminder…
If this was my last day would I die happy?
If the answer is yes, we are on track and doing well.
If the answer is no than we better figure out what we need to do.
By the way, happiness to me is not being some goofy looking yellow smiley face, it is a lot more complex than that.
We’ll get into that over the next year.
Photo Credit: Goundhog by http://flickr.com/photos/bluestonestudios/2235473238/