Light Comedy or a Life Lesson?
There is a movie called Groundhog Day. It is meant to be a light comedy, and taken in that vein, it is very good. This movie is however much, much more; a life lesson in fact.
The movie is about a television weatherman, Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, who becomes stuck reliving the same day over and over, until he gets it right.
Part of getting it right is that Phil learns that he is basically an insufferable jackass, who has no respect for his job, his viewers, the human race or himself. He learns that no matter what he tries, says, does or wishes- including trying to kill himself- gets him out of the repetition.
So Phil starts doing things, learning new things and becoming a better man. He begins to care about others, learns new skills and in the process not only changes but discovers love. It is only then that Phil is released from his day, and returns to his life. He has become a better man, not a different man, but a better one. That in itself is not at all unlike enlightenment.
As the old saying goes; Before enlightenment chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
The reason I’m telling you about the movie is because it is a beautifully graphic reflection of life. Life repeats, and repeats, and repeats, until internal changes are made.
The past is the future. The future is the past. All the same, it does not change … until … You Change!
It has been said that life is a mindless, repetitious, senseless, crazy wheel, irrationally and pointlessly repeating itself. And when one starts to watch attentively, one quickly realizes that that is indeed the case, until …
… until like Phil in the movie, one starts making changes within oneself. Then, almost literally a magical transformation occurs. Except that it isn’t magic.