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WHEN TOMORROW IS DIFFERENT FROM TODAY LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM ‘GROUNDHOG DAY’
“Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray is one of my favorite movies of all time. I’ve seen it a million times, but it never fails to make me laugh. Watching Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, try and fail over and over again to escape Feb. 2, or win the heart of his producer Rita Hanson, will always be funny. As many times Phil Connors can live the same day over and over again, I can watch the movie “Groundhog Day” over and over again. I’ve sometimes wondered if I would enjoy the opportunity to live the same day over and over again — not forever, but at least for a little while. There are definitely days I wish I could do over, and mistakes I wouldn’t mind forgetting ever happened. For all the laughs “Groundhog Day” induces, however, I think it also gives us quite a few poignant lessons about why trying to correct every little error we make — trying to be perfect — might not be the best idea.
and fix, sometimes we’re just at the mercy of how things are supposed to turn out. All we can do is take the good experiences we’re blessed with and cherish them.
“ “WHILE THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE CAN GO BACK AND FIX, SOMETIMES WE’RE JUST AT THE MERCY OF HOW THINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO TURN OUT.”
For starters, if we could go back and correct (or at least try to correct) some of our mistakes, I think we would miss out on the lessons we learn from all the uncomfortable, painful moments we endure in life. More often than not, we can use what we learned in those moments and finally become better, wiser, more mature people. Each time we make a mistake and learn from it, we increase the likelihood of getting it right the next time. That’s what Bill Murray’s character gets to
Similarly, I think there’s a lesson in “Groundhog Day” about the inevitability of mistakes, struggles, and challenges. One major plot point of the movie is that no matter how many times he tries, Phil can’t save a homeless man from dying. While his death isn’t Phil’s fault, the fact that he can’t save this man causes Phil quite a bit of distress. But sometimes, in the wake of hard things, all we can do is move forward.
do in the movie, but only in repeating the same day over and over again. Thankfully, we get to move on to the next day and practice his newfound wisdom in new experiences. Another great lesson from “Groundhog Day” is that sometimes, the moment has passed and there’s no getting it back. While there are some things that we can go back
Most likely, none of us will ever have the fortune (or misfortune) of living through the same day more than once. We’ve made our mistakes, our good moments have passed, and the unknown is in front of us. Every day has lessons for us if we’re willing to learn them.
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