Repeat Day

June 3 is Repeat Day, sometimes called National Repeat Day. I’m not sure how I feel about this holiday. For a kid, repeating things can be all sorts of fun, and a good way to annoy the grownups in your life. But at the same time, it’s also a little disturbing. By far the scariest story of the reboot of Doctor Who is “Midnight,” where we never see the monster, because it inhabits someone’s body from where it repeats everything another person says. At first, it simply repeats something after the person says it, then works up to speaking at the same time, and then it begins to say what the person was about to say before he or she could say it. Very creepy.

Obviously, a movie on this topic that springs to mind is Ground Hog Day, with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, where as you probably know, Bill Murray’s character lives the same day over and over. Apparently, some people always watch that movie on this day. Personally, I save it for February 2.

But really, this is meant to be a light-hearted day, when you eat two breakfasts or do any number of other things twice. It’s also a day to revisit places where good things have happened to you. Since Donut Day was yesterday, it could be a good day to repeat that!

It could also be a good day to practice mirroring, which is when you repeat something back to someone, but in your own words, to make sure you understood what the other was saying. This is an especially helpful technique in times of problems between two people, when you try to understand, instead of simply stating your own position more forcefully. Could be useful in the political arena in this day and age, when all too often we don’t listen to anyone on the other side of an issue, assuming we know why they hold the opinions they do.

Whatever you do today, I hope you find this an amusing holiday!

Quotes about repeating

I often repeat repeat myself,
I often repeat repeat.
It gets me in a jam a jam,
but that’s the way I am I am,
in fact I think it’s neat it’s neat
to to to to repeat repeat-
I often repeat repeat myself,
I often repeat repeat.
–Jack Prelutsky

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.–Joseph Goebbels

Isn’t it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years.–Willa Sibert Cather

We can best help you to prevent war not by repeating your words and following your methods but by finding new words and creating new methods.–Virginia Woolf

There is no absurdity so obvious that it cannot be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to impose it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.–Arthur Schopenhauer

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence.–Charles Austin Beard

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.–Ambrose Bierce

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