Groundhog Day or Karen Killilea – Which Will it Be?

Have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? Morning after morning he wakes up to live the same day over and over again, until he gets it right. Day after day he lives in utter frustration until finally one morning he wakes up to a brand new day.

“Karen” is the biography of Karen Killilea, who was born with cerebral palsy, and was fiercely independent even as a young child. She would spend an hour and a half in the mornings putting on her socks and shoes by herself, rather than depend on her mother to do it for her. At age 11, after seven months of coaching, she wrote an original sentence by herself. It took her 36 minutes. When she was finished, she looked up at her proud and beaming parents and said, “I can walk. I can talk. I can read. I can WRITE. Mom Pom, I can do ANYTHING!”

Groundhog Day is a story of frustration and repeating many of the same mistakes over and over again, always wondering what he was doing wrong, until finally he gave in and did it right.

Karen Killilea is a story of determination, faith and persistence… a young girl who refused to give in to what others would consider insurmountable obstacles. Thoughts of failure never entered her mind. She lived each day with her eye on her goal of independence, and everything she did was toward that end.

Groundhog Day or Karen Killilea… which will it be?
I don’t know about you, but I know the answer for me!

© Willena Flewelling


  1. If you have the fire in you, nothing will stop you. Moving story. Karen is definitely an inspiration.
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  2. Hi Willena…sounds like a great story. When you see the grit in someone else it does inspire you also. I love hearing these kinds of stories.
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  3. The more someone tells you ‘You can’t do that!’ The more you find CAN do that…It sets of a trigger in the mind which says ‘i’m going to prove everyone wrong’ and you know what? Usually they do get proved wrong. determination can over come anything.

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    • William, I think that depends a lot on your temperament, because it works the opposite way for me. When someone tells me I can’t, I’m too quick to believe it, and act accordingly. Thankfully I’m getting better at knowing my own heart, and my own mind, and have developed a bit of a backbone in recent years. 🙂
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