Updated: Aug 25, 2020
Back in 1993, Harold Ramis, co-writer and director of the movie Groundhog Day and Bill Murray, the movie’s self-centered pessimistic star, probably had no idea their movie would become a slogan used by many to describe their life in the year 2020.
Bill Murray’s character Phil was initially annoyed about being stuck waking up every day to the same day over and over again. Then he realized he wouldn’t be held accountable for his conduct and he responds thoughtlessly and is down-right mean spirited in his actions. Eventually there is a shift and he begins to look forward to being of service, helping others, bringing encouragement and joy to people he once tormented.
So when I hear someone describing their life as “groundhog day” I wonder…are they saying:
Groundhog Day Option 1: I’m feeling annoyed by the sameness of life. Groundhog Day Option 2: I’ve given myself permission to be angry and thoughtless. Groundhog Day Options 3: I’m grateful I can be of service, help others and find joy in this day for myself.
During these difficult times, I’ve found I need to be vigilant to avoid living in Groundhog Day Options 1 or 2 because living in gratitude regardless of the events (Option 3) just feels better. So, that means, when I start to feel annoyed, angry or be thoughtless toward others…I know it’s time for me to breathe, exercise and do at least one small thing to be of service.
WISHING YOU A GREAT WEEK FILLED WITH JOY AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE OF SERVICE!