Time to Awaken! – Part 4
Two of My Favorite Movie Characters Awaken to Appreciate their Lives
As I was writing this “Time to Awaken!” blog post series, I realized that two of my favorite movies both have leading characters that are angry and unhappy with their lives. As the movies progress and the characters learn and grow and find love, each in different ways, they transform and awaken to the precious gift of their lives.
Both are involved with suicide, one in a dream-like altered universe state, trying it many times in many ways. The other makes just one attempt, plotting his final demise in an elegant New York City hotel.
At different points in their movies, they renounce the lives they are living and want to die. One tries unsuccessfully to kill himself again and again. The other tries mightily to do so, but meets his match in a young prep school student whose love and authenticity wrestles him off his emotional cliff. This young man understands so well the value that this Lieutenant Colonel’s life could continue to bring to so many, including himself.
At the beginning of their movies they do not realize all the good they can do in their lives or how happy and fulfilled they can be if they shift their mindset and attitude. As the movies and their plots unfold, both characters awaken to the great gifts of their lives, both ultimately using their lives to help and serve others.
Love transforms both their hearts and helps each appreciate the great gift of their lives. Photo by Klaus Post from www.freeimages.com.
Love, of course, helps to transform both of their hearts and their lives. As I have shared many times, I believe love is the most powerful of all medicine and it’s why I named my business “Love Healing and Miracles.” First comes love; then comes all the healing from love; and then all the miracles pour forth from both the love and the healing.
“Groundhog Day” and Resurrection
In the first movie, “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray plays Phil, a weatherman for a local television station. He is grumpy, sullen, complaining, rude, offensive and sarcastic. He is all ego and clearly very unhappy with his life and his position in it. Putting down all those around him, he feels highly superior. Those working with him feel his bristling sarcasm and don’t expect any empathy from him or see any enthusiasm or quality either in his work or his life. He doesn’t seem to particularly like what he does or who he is doing it with.
His life gets turned inside-out and upside-down when he finds himself repeating the same day over and over again no matter what he does to try to change it. He is in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, there to do a story with two of his crew to find out if the groundhog will see its shadow or not. Whether it does or not is supposed to predict how many more weeks of winter are ahead. He is very bored with this small and mundane assignment.
Hearing the same Sonny and Cher song, “I Got You Babe,” every morning and the same band playing in the square for the Groundhog Day celebration, he soon learns he will be repeating this same day over and over again. He tries to kill himself several times in varying ways, but still wakes up to the same day again and again.
For a while, this gives him courage to become a daredevil and be very reckless. After getting bored with this kind of behavior, he tries to use what he learns on this same day to his advantage with the people in the town, from seducing one of them to stealing money from an armored vehicle.