Since I was little, a Christmas tradition has always been to watch the classic holiday movie It’s A Wonderful Life. I’m a sucker for old black-and-white movies, but this one has such a sweet feeling to it. The first year I lived away from home and was getting all of my presents wrapped up, packed and ready to travel the 1,000 mile trip, I had this movie playing. It was such a warm feeling because it reminded me of home and I couldn’t wait to celebrate. It’s also a movie I often reference when I hear people talking about how the world would be a better place if they weren’t in it. If you have seen the movie, then you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t, then let me give you a brief synopsis.
George Bailey was a full energy, I-want-to-see-the-world kind of guy. He had plans of traveling to far away places, doing great things in the world. He falls in love with Mary and as they’re about to jet off on a grand adventure, something happens. George makes a decision that put a damper on those plans. They stay, have a family and never really got to take that grand adventure. For years, he can’t shake the “what if” feeling. “What if we had gone. Where would we be now?” He sinks into a depression. Starts detaching from everyone, and got the idea that the world would be a better place if he was no longer in it. He thought everyone would be better off. Well, along comes Clarence, George’s angel. He allows George to see exactly what would happen to his family if he really did end his own life. He sees his wife depressed, alone, sad, scared and wanting to die. He sees his Mom and Dad not knowing who he is, because, well…he never existed. No one knows him. No one was blessed with his ideas, energy. His old boss that George helped save his life, well, he was dead because George was not there to save him. His kids did not exist. The town was a dark, dreary place without him in it.
Then Clarence brought him back to reality and finally George saw the error of his ways. One of my favorite lines of the movie was when Clarence told George: “You see, George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?”
Friends, your life affects everyone around you, whether you know it or not. Think of what an awful hole that would leave. Keep believing in yourself, and I promise you one day, you are going to do incredible things. It will get better, I promise. Just rent this movie if you lose hope. It will restore it 🙂