Lessons Learned From Groundhog Day
For the past 20 years on February 2 some TV station airs the comedy Groundhog Day. And every year I get sucked into watching it ’cause it’s my favorite law of attraction movie.
In the movie Bill Murray plays an arrogant, self centered weatherman named Phil Connor. When he is sent to the small town of Punxatawny, Pennsylvania to cover the Groundhog Day celebration, he approaches his job with disdain and bitterness towards both his colleagues and the townspeople. The next day however, you wakes up to find that he is reliving Groundhog Day all over again. For the rest of the movie he is plagued with living Groundhog Day over and over again.
Each day, Phil grows more angry and bitter toward his surroundings. At first he attempts to take advantage of everyone else as they are unaware that this day is being lived over and over again. He learns their most intimate secrets, and uses this knowledge to his own personal benefit the following day which of course is Groundhog Day. When he grows tired of that he decides to tempt fate and commits suicide in numerous ways only to wake up the following morning and relive the same day over again.
Eventually he begins to care about townspeople and works hard to make himself a better person. When he has finally made a complete transformation into a person who adds value to society, the spell is broken and finally he experiences the next day — February 3. The most poignant quote happens shortly before the next day when he says “No matter what happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I am happy now…” Yes, he is harnessing the power of now.
How often do we choose to live the same day over and over again in misery? Do we choose to see life throughput pessimistic lens of cynicism? Do we expect the worst of everyday? Do we let these thoughts the best of us? The law of attraction teaches us that what we focus on expands. So when we choose to wallow in our own sadness or anger, we will live the same day and the same people time and again. And that when we choose to add value and live in joy, happiness must follow.
When it comes to food, what are you attracting? Are you in fear of the foods you eat? If you fear food, you will end up eating processed junk that not only has no value to your body, but depletes your very cells. Do you think your choice of diet makes you better or morally superior to others? Such hostility and self righteousness unfortunately manifests itself as disease. Or are you in the habit of adopting more restrictive and convoluted diets in the hopes of tricking your body into submission? Sadly, your body only knows how to process the foods and dietary habits from millions of years of evolution, so macrobiotics, raw food, low fat and strict vegetarian diets are of little value to it. And still there are others who will say that they are simply too busy to take the time to nurture themselves? If so, then they can kiss good health goodbye. If they cannot afford to care for themselves, then the universe will oblige by not providing them with ways to increase their well being.
So what do you choose? To relive Groundhog Day again for the umpteenth time? Or to move past yourself and discover all the wonders of February 3rd?