Sunday, December 23, 2018
Today I am grateful for the 1948 movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life”. That movie came out two years before I was born. Factoring in the early years, when you had to watch a movie at an actual movie theater, then figuring in that since probably 1960 it aired on TV during the holidays and in later years I’ve watched it more than once, that means I’ve seen this movie about 60 times. Or more. And bawled my eyeballs out every single time.
What a perfect antidote to the tripe that is on the Hallmark Christmas
Movies right now. First of all you can’t beat the acting, especially of Jimmy Stewart, but all of them are great. So touching. So real. So human, with all of the “characters” we bump into in our own lives. Is it a bit sappy? Sure. I’m fond of sappy, when it counts. And it counts big time in this old film.
I recorded it a month ago and now, because we have to install the new set top box today, I had to watch it last night or lose it this year. It worked out great because I was wrapping presents anyway and there is not a better match than that movie and presents. Because it is the best present.
And no matter when I’ve watched it I wonder what the world would be like without me in it. Or you. Back in the day when I had a lot of turmoil and troubles, this movie made me realize that even those problems made me who I am. When times were rough for people close to me, I reminded them how empty my life would be without them. I can’t even imagine. I need every single one of you.
So even if you are the biggest cynic (and sometimes I qualify) just give yourself a minute to think about it. You might not have saved your brother from drowning, but that cup of coffee you bought for someone reminded them that there are good people in the world at a time when they needed it the most.
I doubt you kept a pharmacist from poisoning someone, but perhaps you held the hand or gave comfort to someone who was transitioning out of this world. Maybe you didn’t loan tons of money so people could buy houses, but the last time there was a fire or other disaster, you stepped up by collecting for those who have lost everything.
Maybe you still think you haven’t made a difference. . .that the world would function just fine without you. . .but you smiled at me when I said “Good Morning”, and I’m going to carry your smile with me forever, because that’s what you do when you have a wonderful life. And I have one. So do you. Celebrate every minute!