I love the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. Most, if not all of you have seen it, I’m sure. If you haven’t, you should. I’m a big Bill Murray fan anyway. Love his movies. But I’ve seen “Groundhog Day” as many times as that character relived that day I think. 🙂 And I have it out because I intend to watch it again today.
I was thinking about that movie though, and it’s premise, which I think was a really, really good idea and while it was pretty funny throughout, it also speaks the truth I think about what makes life worth living. You see at the beginning of the movie, this self-centered, arrogant character, Phil, who Murray plays. He never does anything that doesn’t have some ulterior motive to give him something. He’s rude and thoughtless and nobody likes being around him.
Then throughout the movie, as he keeps having to relive this day over and over, he begins to use those selfish traits at first to take advantage of the situation. But as time goes on…or rather, doesn’t go on…he tries every way possible to end his life. He’s miserable and the thought of reliving that one day over and over again with those people who he doesn’t think much of, and in that little town he doesn’t like much…is just too much for him.
Of course, by the end of the movie he ‘gets it’. He has completely changed. He spends every one of those Groundhog Days living life to the fullest…but not by serving his own selfish interests as he once did…but by serving everyone else and being kind. People are drawn to him, but that’s not even his goal. They’re drawn to him because he has become a genuinely nice, giving guy.
I think that’s the secret of life, isn’t it? And that premise, while the movie wasn’t a Christian movie by any means, goes along with Christian principles of how we’re supposed to live…love being the greatest commandment…putting others before ourselves, living in peace with everyone as much as it’s possible, etc.
I pray that I will do better with this in my own life. And I pray that our society will as a whole too…that more people will live unselfishly and with love and kindness, rather than hatred and judgment and that ‘me first’ attitude that prevails so much of the time. I can’t do anything about anyone else and what they do though…I can only deal with what’s within me and do my best to correct that. I vow to do so today. I pray that God will show me every selfish motive and attitude in every corner of my heart, and I make you all my witnesses so that if you see something on here at least that doesn’t fit in with that, you can call me on it, and I invite you to do so. Ha ha…just be kind if you do that though. 😉 LOL
Love and blessings,