This past week we celebrated Groundhog Day, which prompted me to watch one of the most celebrated movies of the 90s, Ground Hog Day. It’s a great movie, filled with comedy, but also a great reminder that every day presents an opportunity for us to learn from our experiences and make better decisions moving forward.
In the movie, Phil, a TV reporter, is not happy that he has to travel to Punxsutawney to see if the groundhog sees his shadow. He considers it a waste of his time and talents but then becomes trapped in a time loop, forcing him to relive February 2nd over and over. Phil initially uses his knowledge to manipulate events in his favor. But the repetition soon caused Phil to hit an emotional low when he realized that his life was not in his control. It is only when Phil stops using the loops to indulge his own desires and instead uses that knowledge to selflessly help others that he is freed. His big lesson was that when you get a redo, use the information and experience you gained to make better decisions moving forward.
Something to Think About
Groundhog Day is a story about human beings getting stuck and unstuck in life. It’s not just about a man repeating the same day but a story about how to live. Think of a time you’ve felt stuck in a loop or a rut – what lessons did you glean from that? One big secret in life is to always be learning and always seek the ways in which you can both look for the good – and DO good for the betterment of others!
Does every day feel like the last one? You have the power to change it up.
Words of Wisdom
Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over. – Guy Finley
There’s nothing wrong with being content with where you are, but if you have that nagging voice in your head telling you to “just go!” then do it. Comfort zones are, well, comfortable, but they’re also a place where possibilities are limited, and opportunities are minimal. Just do it. – Brittani Dick
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy. – Robert Tew