Well it's Ground Hog Day. We find out from the Ground Hog today if we get spring or if it's 6 more weeks of winter right? I'll ask the ol' ground hog living near our house how that works exactly. I know it's supposed to snow tonight again so who knows. ......This just in... 6 more weeks of winter.
I thought about this last night and then reflected again on it this morning on the way to work. In the movie, which I love, Bill Murray has to live the same day over and over again until he gets it just right. Now I don't agree with the notion of getting the girl into bed and perfect ending of it all but I do like the premise of working on improving things each time.
He has fun at first when he realizes that there are no consequences. He later goes to great lengths to do good and to help others. He learns to play the piano and reads good books. He helps old ladies with flat tires and kids falling out of trees. He does get discouraged when no matter what he does to help a homeless man he still ends up dying.
The thought I had today was that we should always be striving to improve ourselves and to help those around us. We should develop our talents and share them with others. We should always be learning and improving our knowledge. We should live by what is stated in our 13th Artical of Faith "... If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."
And most importantly we shouldn't just do it to have a perfect day but a lifetime of such pursuits. The character in Ground Hog Day had to work and work, dedicating himself to the things he wanted to accomplish. If we are constantly striving to do our best and be our best then it won't culminate in just one perfect day but rather in a lifetime of fullfillment.