Ground Hog Day Deja Vu

This is from Chapter 22 of "Today is Your Day to Win"
                       by Mike Brescia

When you go from being a self-centered, lazy, depressed
person like I was for over 20 years, to someone who lives
180 degrees in the opposite direction, you find it happens
by changing your definition of what life means.

We are all given different gifts and have different
interests.  If you are trying to start a business, for
example, and you're doing it only because you want to make
a lot of money, you'll probably fail.  If you answer a biz-
op ad in a magazine and the one you choose is mostly
because of a low investment, you'll probably fail again.

The only way you'll ever feel great inside your own skin
and become successful at anything, especially in business,
is if you decide to become of service to others.  Period.

Watch others closely.  You'll find, as I have, that one of
the biggest problems we humans have with one another is the
lack of a desire to help out, to give a hand to someone who
needs it.  People who never jump in to help clean up or
offer their help are universally despised.

Recently, I saw a movie I hadn't seen in years that is the
epitome of what life's all about.  The movie is 'Ground Hog
  Bill Murray plays an egotistical, selfish weatherman
who travels to Western Pennsylvania every February 2nd to
see if "Punxsutawney Phil" will see his shadow or not.

He and his crew have to stay overnight due to a snowstorm.
And in a seemingly cruel twist of fate, he wakes up the
next day to find it's February 2nd... again.  This happens
day after day after day.  He's in groundhog hell imprisoned
to relive the same day forever.

After a while he kills himself... only to be awakened at
the same time each morning by his alarm clock playing Sonny
& Cher.  He kills himself again.  Same result.

Everyone else is living as if it's Groundhog Day for the
first time.  He's the only one reliving it.  The same
people greet him at the same moment in the same place.  The
only difference is how he reacts. 

He gets to see how he changes the outcome of the day for
himself and everyone else...over and over.

Soon, he changes his tune and starts helping each person
where they have a challenge; saves a kid from a fall,
performs a Heimlich, fixes a flat tire, etc.  He finds that
he retains his skills from the "previous" day.  So he
learns about everyone's likes and dislikes, learns how to
play piano, make ice sculptures and learns about the object
of his affection.

Through trial and error, he works to make each "new day" a
masterpiece.  Each day, as it progresses, he learns that
the way he viewed life was wrong... that he could have a
great life if he just helped others.

People loved him... every day.

As the "days" went by, he learned about life.  No lesson
did he miss.  All it took was awareness on his part.

Remember, at first it seemed like hell to him.  Then as he
grew in skill and in character, the woman he adored loved
him back... even though she couldn't stand him before.

The first time I saw this movie, I missed the moral.  I
was too busy being entertained.  It IS funny.

But just like in "real" life, as you're laughing and
crying and living, there are lessons.  If you don't notice
them, you're doomed to never learn and will repeat the same
mistakes... over and over.

Any problem you have has a solution.  You just need to
find it. 

But you must look for it. 

To begin, start taking an interest in other people instead
of just yourself.  Help out everywhere you can.

You will be amazed.

As if by magic you'll learn faster, your relationships
will improve, your job will be more fun, money will
probably cease to be a problem... in short everything will
be better for you.

Tomorrow your clock will wake you at the same time as

Make that day and every day a masterpiece...

And be patient.  Live just today.  Tomorrow will come...
tomorrow.  Learn what you must to prepare for tomorrow.

You'll get what you want.  But you must first become what
you need to become in order to get it.  Stop with the

Start today.

You Are Not Here To Be Served...

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RavenLee RavenLee
46-50, F
2 Responses Feb 26, 2009

This was so inspiring. I truly believe that happiness is simply defined as finding (and living) with a higher purpose.<br />
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Love that "parallel universe" notion too. Did ya see "Sliding Doors" with Gwenneth Paltrow?

parallel universe theory comes into play - he finally becomes aware of the character he should have been from the get go. the other people knew him previously as whatever character he aspired to throughout the day? or just forego the details and enjoy the entertainment factor.