You are here to learn from experience and create yourself over and over again.
In the movie Groundhog Day Bill Murray plays a weatherman who is assigned to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He finds himself enfolded in a blizzard that he didn't see coming and relives the same day over and over, experimenting with his actions and reactions each day, eventually evolving into a Higher version of himself.
On a primal level, this is the story of every man's assignment in earth school. We run into "blizzards" we didn't see coming and eventually learn to surrender to what IS happening...or not. The choice is ours. We can flow with the energy or push against it with resistance. Our work is to choose a reaction or response to each blizzard and see if we like how it feels to us. If we don't like the feeling we get from our choice of action or reaction, we can choose to do something different and see how that feels.
Like Bill Murray in the movie, we have unlimited opportunities. And it is very interesting to note that after some experimenting and experiencing of the consequences, Murray ultimately decides to become a Higher version of himself. Given the opportunity to respond in any direction, he chooses the path of generosity and caring. This choice brings him delight, leading me to conclude in this analogy that we are happiest when we follow the impulses of the heart.
Groundhog Day is a traditional holiday celebrated on February 2nd, but we live our "Groundhog Day" on a daily basis and that is a good thing for we get endless opportunities to become the next, grandest version of ourselves.
How best to evolve and find peace and serenity? That is a question we all live with. It is my belief that we ARE MADE from love, that we in our essence ARE love and that when we ACT FROM love, we sense and enjoy our true nature.
Dennis Waitley, American motivational speaker, writer and consultant, has a beautiful prescription for this question. Waitley says:
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
Regardless of how entangled we get in our own snowstorms and blizzards, how lost we might feel during moments of fear or distress… the simple formula of love, grace and gratitude feels like the way of Providence bringing us home to ourselves.
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