From the first time I saw it, I loved the premise of the movie “Groundhog Day.” First of all, I have always enjoyed Bill Murray, so there’s that. But really, the spiritual and emotional messages of the movie ring true, in a way similar to “It’s a Wonderful Life.” In the most entertaining way, it showed us that every day, every ordinary day, is a treasure in which we can do great good for others, and ourselves.
So – let’s talk about what this means for you…
Do you have Big Plans for your life? Do you really act on the plans every day? Lofty goals are exciting, and fun, to come up with. They feel good. And when it comes to putting them into action, most people stumble and stop. So many people live their lives this way, only continuing the status quo.
How happy are you with your status quo?
Live your day deliberately. Create your life, as if from scratch, and you’ll enjoy the true happiness of Bill Murray’s weatherman!
1. Hold your average weekday in your mind. Unless it was a remarkable day, use the most recent weekday as an example.
* Remember what you ate and drank.
* How much did you exercise?
* Socially, what did you do? Did you spend time with people who are important to you?
* Talk with any family or friends?
* If you’re single (and want a life partner), did you ask anyone to join you on a date?
* If you’re married, how did you strengthen your marriage?
* What did you do to make more money or advance your career?
* What did you learn that will help you, or others, in the future?
2. Imagine your average weekend. Answer the same questions.
3. Now – imagine living those identical days over and over for the next 10 years. Who would you be? Emotionally, how happy are you? Spiritually, are you connected to yourself and others? Are you happy with the income you’re earning? Eating the same things and exercising the same ways for ten years, how do you expect your overall health, fitness, strength and weight to be?
* Now look at your finances, friendships and social life, family connections, marriage, and career. After living this same way for ten years, what do you expect for yourself?
Another way to look at this – a typical example. Let’s say he’s named Dave.
Dave is 42-years old. He’s been divorced for some time, and is a low-level manager at a national corporation. He’s not in terrible shape, but is carrying around an extra 25 pounds. He’s been saving a little money, but not regularly.
Look at Dave’s average day:
On the way to work, Dave goes to Starbucks for a cafe latte and a muffin. Breakfast costs $9 and 1,400 calories, but he has a good job, so he doesn’t give it another thought. He feels like he’s earned it, anyway.
He gets to work 15 minutes late. Not really late enough to be disciplined, but he’s usually a little late, so people have come to expect this of him. He’s just getting by at work, but he does enough to keep his job secure. He figures that like most people, he ought to avoid work if he can get away with it. He expects to be paid more if he’s going to do his best.
He gets his lunch from the machine and drinks a bottle of water. Water is a better choice, he thinks, so it’s not a bad lunch.
He leaves work right at 5:00 and watches the TV while he microwaves his dinner. The meal is not fresh or healthy, but it’s not french fries and ice cream, so he thinks this is pretty good. While he eats his dinner, he searches personal ads, looking for the woman he wants to meet. He finds someone that he finds attractive and he copies the same “Hello” email that he’s already sent to 100 other women.
Dave watches more TV, then reads 25 pages from a fiction novel. He feels industrious, so he washes the dishes and pays some bills before settling in for the night. In bed, he plays games on his phone and texts his friends from high school.
The other weekdays are pretty much the same.
Where can Dave realistically expect to be after ten years of this? Not too far ahead, and he may feel like the times – and other people – are passing him by.
Is your average day amazingly meaningful and active? Are your hours, and even spare minutes, invested in the goals and activities that are important to you?
Where will you be in 10 years? Are your days leading to positive changes in your life?
As you live your day, ask yourself what your life will be like if this is something you do every day, constantly. Because we are what we do, and our lives resonate with with whatever we do repeatedly.
Ask yourself what matters to you, and move toward what matters. You’ll live the life you want.