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Groundhog Day Movie Lessons

February 4, 2020

I love the movie Groundhog Day. Many people do.  
I loved seeing the reprise of the Groundhog Day movie as a commercial during this year’s Super Bowl.
I spent Saturday up in Woodstock, IL, to watch the movie and visit the places where the movie was filmed.
What is it about this movie? Why do I/we love it so much? Why do I/we watch it over and over and over again?
I first saw the movie at the theatre when it first came out in 1993. I found it very funny, but I also remember feeling wowed by the deeper messages and meaning in it.  
Years later, having watched it dozens of times, I’m still trying to get my head around what it is about this movie that we universally find so lovable.
For me, it’s a formula for living.  
We are all Phil Connors. We are bored. We are stuck. We are miserable – at least at some point. We all want something. We all want better.  
How do we get better?   
One day at a time.  
We learn.
We live another day.  
We improve.
We regress.  
We learn again/more.
We keep moving forward in time. 
Just when we think we have what we wanted, it may be gone again.  
We start over.
We keep moving forward.
We keep trying to get better.
One day at a time.
Make the most of today. Then make the most of tomorrow. Then make the most of the day after that.
And we are happier once we learn : Other people matter.  
And how we treat them along the way matters.  
Do something for yourself today : Do something for someone else – it’s what really matters – it’s what makes the world a better place for us all.

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