Monday, February 2, 2009

By now you know, if you're one of my regular readers, that I often look for the lesson in life. I like to find insight in the most commonplace happenings. Today is Groundhog Day. This is not one of those holidays that I truly celebrate or even take note of. But today, I guess because I'm in a very reflective state of life, I really stopped to think about it.

When Brian got in this evening, he switched the TV channel over to the 1993 comedy "Groundhog Day", starring Bill Murray. I hated this movie when I was younger. I thought, "How ridiculous is that? It's like watching a broken record!" Well, today I considered a deeper meaning behind the film, which I'm sure the directors never intended for its viewers to do.

I noticed that the main character, Phil (played by Bill Murray), keeps reliving the same things over and over and over. It's frustrating, boring, and even infuriating to him. He sees no results, gets nowhere, and is literally stuck in a vicious cycle. But then, Bill wisens up. He starts making changes to his routine so that he can break the cycle of boredom. He invests in people. He cultivates different behaviors and tries new activities. Ahhh! At last, Phil is free from the repetition. He sees results. Things happen. Life changes.

Friends, our lives are the exact same. We can't expect results from a life that is stuck in a rut. When we're doing what we've always done, we're going to get what we always got. It's when we break the cycle, cultivate healthy attitudes and behaviors and relationships that change is going to come!

Let's become people of change today. Let's live up to our potential. Let's break the cycle that's destroying all that God created us to be!


P.S. - The offer on our house did not work out. We're still trusting God for his perfect timing and sovereignty in this, and every, situation. We appreciate your continued prayers!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post! It is so true and very inspiring.

one of nettie's girls said...

What great insight! I loved your thoughts on the movie. I never thought of it that way.

Erin said...

Ha, that movie! So funny! We just recently watched it, and you are right: watching as an adult is different. What a good thought!

Lindsey said...

What an awesome post! I love your postive attitude and your wisdom! I have a new found respect for this movie now.

melissa ellen parker said...

I totally know what you mean. I hated hated the film - it stressed me out and aggravated me when I was younger. Then a year or two ago I watched it again and I didn't think of it as a funny movie either (I don't think it is) so I thought about living something over and over again - and how important it really is to change and adapt. Learning from one day and applying it to the next is such a good thing to practice.

Thanks for sharing! You have such a way with words!

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SweDaisy said...

I've thought the same thing about the movie, good moral, not so entertaining movie. Thanks for reminding me to take more time and invest in life.

take care, keep fighting,

P.S - sorry to hear about the offer, something right will come along.