#197 - It's a wonderful life

Last night I watched one of my favorite Christmas movies, It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s a feel-good movie from 1946. If you have never seen it, it’s well worth watching.

The story is about a man, George Bailey that wanted to travel the world, but life got in the way. His father passes away and he feels obligated to take over the family business. He gets married, has children and generally leads a decent life.

It isn’t until his uncle Billie, a business partner, loses a bank deposit and things really start to fall apart for him. He thinks he has so many problems that he wants to end it all…and it’s Christmas.

Through this incident and the help of his guardian angel (Clarence) and his wife, he learns what an impact he’s had on his community. When the community learns he’s in trouble, they turn out in droves to help him.

Never discount your ability to make a difference in this world. Whether you realize it of not, you impact many lives around you. You probably touch the lives of people you don’t even know. It may be through a kind word or a smile. It may be volunteering for a charity. It could be as simple as opening a door for someone.

If you’re going through a rough time, as many people do at this time of year, remember that you’re loved. People care about you. You may not see it or feel it right now, but they’re out there.

One of the best ways to make your life better is to do something for someone else with no expectation of anything in return. It makes both of you feel better. Be an angel for someone this Christmas.

In the words of Clarence the Angel;

Dear George: 
Remember no man is a failure who has friends.
Thanks for the wings!

Merry Christmas to you.