A childhood friend recently reached out for some solicited advice regarding his ongoing alcohol addiction. I quit drinking in 2001 and enjoy helping anyone in need. Over the years, I sent my friend several books from my favorite authors including Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, and Deepak Chopra. The underlying theme from all of these books is guidance on how to embrace the present moment.
With a month of sobriety under his belt, my friend sent a short email that said, “Watch The Bill Murray Stories. It’s about an hour and there was a huge takeaway for me. I know you will get it.”
My initial reaction was a bit puzzling. I send recommends for classic spiritual literature and my pal wants me to watch a documentary on Bill Murray?? I had a hard time imagining a deep message from Bill, but do remember his classic line from Caddyshack. For those not familiar with movie, here is Bill’s line after being stiffed on a caddy tip from the Dalai Lama, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.
With a few scoops of Ben and Jerry’s One Love (my new favorite), I lounged on the couch to enjoy The Bill Murray Stories on Netflix. It turns out there are several websites dedicated to Bill and they document his accolades. This mega-star enjoys inserting himself into the lives of strangers with the intention of being helpful and being in the moment. He never shows up with a god-like attitude. He even has a 800 number where anyone can call, does not have any staff, and never travels with an entourage.
In one instance, he made a quick friendship and was invited to a party where he simply did the dishes. He showed up at an Austin house party and played the tambourine for the house band. My favorite was about a long taxi ride. He asked the cab driver about his passion. The driver said he loved the saxophone but never had time to practice. Bill asked where he kept his sax and the driver told him it was in the trunk. Bill drove for several hours while the man practiced in the back seat.
A different friend recently left me with a nice imprint. He said, “It is always better to be interested than to be interesting.”
If you have an hour, get some One Love and enjoy meeting the real Bill Murray.