It is getting to be that time of year when thoughts turn to the holidays. One of the all-time favorite of these Christmas season movies is It’s a Wonderful Life (directed by Frank Capra in 1946). I also enjoy that movie and probably watch it at least once each year. If you have never watched it, it is a story of George Bailey, who is shown just before his suicide through his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, the positive change he made in the lives of others. In the end, he sees that the entire town is indebted to him. The moral of the story is that you never know what you do that will make a difference for someone else. Many times, that difference is brought about, not for the great things you do, but for the little kindnesses you show each day.
So, as you mentally begin readying yourself for the Christmas season, let’s look at a few quotes from the movie and see how the words of this beloved program can apply, as well, to us today:
- “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” – Clarence Odbody — Just imagine, the things you do today may be impacting someone else for the rest of their life. Just because you feel that you’re not making a difference doesn’t mean it isn’t so. Never underestimate what impact a simple kindness might have on someone else.
- “Ah, youth is wasted on the young.” – Man on porch — I think the man was saying that we must not let age take away the sparkle from our eyes; the dance in our feet; the hand we can give someone else; and the arms we have to hold someone dear to us.
- “Remember, George, no man’s life is a failure who has friends.” – Clarence Odbody — How sad it is for a life lived without friends. If having friends is the mark of a successful life, then my life has been wildly successful, beyond words and beyond measure!
I’m reminded of one more quote today:
“Your truest friends are the ones who will stand by you in your darkest moments – because they’re willing to brave the shadows with you – and in your greatest moments – because they’re not afraid to let you shine.” – Nicole Yatsonsky
Consider for today the impact you are making on others and how many others your life touches. And, today would be a good day to celebrate your “life success” by thanking your truest friends. Have a great day!