Thursday, February 02, 2006

Groundhog Day

Jilda and I have a ritual. Every February 2nd she fixes a great meal, we pour a little wine and we pop in a copy of Groundhog Day with Bill Murray and Andie McDowell. I've seen this movie no less that twenty times and I still love it. Being a self improvement freak, it's the ultimate movie. Phil gets a chance to do the day over and over again until he gets it right.
When the movie starts out he is extremely shallow. Once he learns that he is living the day over again, he squanders his days doing meaningless things. But about halfway through the movie, he gets it and it is there he starts his journey of self discovery and self improvement.
He learns to speak French; he becomes an ice sculptor and learns how to play a piano. The last part of the movie, he spends helping people.
He fell in love with the Rita character early on, but he could never win her affections because he never took the time to be who he could be.
I would not want to live the same day over and over, but I do sometimes long to have the time to do the things I really love...time to learn new and interesting skills....time to get things right. With the velocity of the world today, time is a most precious commodity. Jim Rohn the motivational speaker says you really shouldn't spend major time on minor things.
I hope you all have a great groundhog day and that you all find the time to do the things you really love.

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