Many people spend their lives searching. Young people search for meaning, for love, for fulfillment. For many, that search continues into adulthood. At one point or another, we’ve all searched. We’ve searched—or maybe are still searching—for the meaning of life, for happiness. We search and desire to know our purpose. We might find ourselves asking, “Is this all there is? Is this what life is about?”
I love the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, which brilliantly illustrates this life-search. He plays an egocentric TV meteorologist whose life is turned upside down when he begins to relive the same day, Groundhog Day, over and over again. He can’t get out of the same day. Each morning when he wakes, it’s Groundhog Day all over again.
When he realizes Groundhog Day is going to happen again and again and that no one knows but him, he begins to indulge in things that he believes will bring him happiness: he indulges in food and drink; he seduces a woman; he tries riches and material things. But none of these bring him fulfillment. What ultimately fulfills him is when he finally learns what life and love are all about: being selfless, not selfish; being compassionate, not egocentric. And when he learns this lesson, it’s then that he awakens to a new day. Read more »