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  Your Best Day Ever!

Ground Hog

In 1993, the movie Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and written and directed by Harold Ramis was released. In 2006 the movie was listed in the US Film Registry as culturally, historically and aesthetically significant. And a few days ago on February 2nd (Groundhog Day), played non stop.

I have avoided watching this movie for decades. But, if you've never seen the movie, I urge you to watch it. On the surface it is a story that basically repeats itself over and over as the main character, Murray, is caught in a time loop and destined to relive the same day, February 2nd, over and over. I thought for years that it must be a lazy and boring movie.

I was wrong. Discovering the movie for myself a few years ago, I came to realize it's genius. The true message of the film is philosophical, poignant and timeless. Apparently something countless fans and the US Film Registry also realized.

In the movie, after continually trying to 'move on' to something better, somewhere better, Phil Conner (Murray), accepts that he is stuck in little Punxsutawney, PA reliving Groundhog Day, February 2nd. What follows are days lived full out, without any rules. Then days of despondency and countless suicide attempts. Regardless of what he does everything begins again with the alarm clock going off at 6am on February 2nd. Conner is in hell.

And then his perspective is changed by a simple statement from a coworker. As he explains his doom to her, she simply says, "Then why not try to enjoy and learn from it?"

Embracing this perspective, Conner slowly drops his disdain for the town and the people in it. He listens and learns their stories. He develops his talents. He becomes part of the town and becomes friends to everyone in it. He wins the love of his life. He becomes grateful for the one day he gets to live and all that he can accomplish within that day.

At the end of the movie, when the loop is finally broken, his final words as he looks out on the street and the winter day are,"Beautiful. Let's live here."

Making one choice to change his perspective, he creates heaven, where before he lived in hell. Our character chooses to stop living in the future, which for him doesn't exist and instead embraces and engages in the one day he does have - this day.
Today Is Your Day
Deciding to eliminate past and future thoughts and  engage in this day takes practice. To find and enjoy the happenings today, with all of it's 'stuff', requires choice.

Believing your best day ever is somewhere in the future is where it will stay, in the future. Choose to have your best day ever - here, now, today. Have a blast!

Hints On How To Make This Your Best Day Ever
Start your deliberate practice with prayer. Not a prayer that asks for more, but one of thankfulness for what is. Being grateful centers us in this reality, now. Being genuinely appreciative for things now, heightens our awareness of more to appreciate. We reap what we sow. Therefore by planting the seed of gratefulness through the action of habitual practice, raises multiple additional opportunities to be grateful.

Gratefulness does not cause you to be complacent. It does encourage contentment.
I urge you to take the time to watch the short video below entitled Gratitude. It will inspire, educate and motivate your day.
Have a GREAT day,
Bruce Cameron
Front Line Marketing
Gratitude HD - Moving Art???
Moving Art
An award winning short by Louie Schwartzberg