Hard to believe the movie "Groundhog Day" will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. I just love this movie.
The premise of the movie focuses on an arrogant, egotistical, self center weather man named Phil. He feels it’s beneath him to cover Groundhog Day for the 3rd year in a row. He puts no effort or enthusiasm in covering the story and can’t wait to get out of Punxsutawney. A blizzard leaves him stranded and he must stay overnight. The next morning he wakes up in horror to discover it ground hog day all over again.
He keeps reliving this day over and over and over again while seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day.
Does Your Life Feel Like You Experience Your Own Groundhog Day?
By now most New Years resolutions, promises and intentions are out the door. Life just seems to grab you and keep you in the same place. When this year ends, many of us will find ourselves pretty much in the same place with very little change.
At first our weather man Phil, played by Bill Murray, comes to realize he is going nowhere and decides to take advantage of the town people for his amusement and entertainment. After all, he does know what they will all do.
The antics eventually become boring and drives Phil to the brink of depression. He remains stuck here and nothing seems to change no matter what he does. Every morning he wakes up to experience the same day again.
He decides suicide looks like the way to escape. However, after every attempt, he wakes up to hear the same Sonny & Cher song blaring through the clock radio alarm. (warning: do not attempt suicide, can prove fatal. All suicide attempts in the movie were done with professionals and a Hollywood script bringing him back to life)
Our weatherman finally resigns to his fate and accepts the fact he will wake up every morning to relive groundhog day. He changes his mindset and thoughts.
He decides to make the best of his situation. The day isn’t going to change. The people and what they do won’t change. He begins to change himself, the only thing that can change. He starts with an attitude change. He changes his thoughts. He changes his belief system about this "hick" town and the people living in it. He evolves into a better person.
(movie spoiler ahead)
Near the end of the movie, He feels happy and full of confidence while enjoying the town festivities. The town honors him, he’s made many friends, improved other people’s lives, becomes an accomplished pianist and ends up with the love of the new producer Rita.
Yes, a new day does finally dawn for him.
What About You?
Often our thoughts and belief systems keep creating the same outcome over and over again that it can feel like groundhog day. Nothing seems to change.
Tonight when you go to bed will you wake up to your own groundhog day again ?
Today, just like in the movie, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow thus predicting six more weeks of winter. No early spring.
Why not take the next six weeks to change one habit, replace one thing in your belief system or change one thought. Make the best of your current situation knowing you possess the power to alter it’s outcome.
Let me know below what is the one thing you’ll change over the next six weeks to end your groundhog day experiences.
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