Every Christmas Doc and I look forward to watching “It’s A Wonder Life” on TV. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until we watch it. This Christmas the movie is 72 years old and now more than ever, both Doc and I respond to the hopeful message that the movie represents. If you haven’t ever seen the movie, I highly recommend that you watch it this Christmas.
George Bailey, the main character is really a lot like all of us. He is going through some terrible problems and is feeling hopeless. We all have those times in life when things feel overwhelming and we just can’t see how it will get any better. Doc says the worst thing any of us can do at a time like that is to isolate and not let others know what we are feeling. There is power is telling our story and feeling listened to. We also find out that we are not alone in our trials and tribulations. Often we find that those around us have been through the same things and survived. This can give us hope to move forward.
Watching this movie I am reminded how valuable each of us are when I hear Clarence the Angel tell George Baily; ” Strange isn’t is? Each man’s life touches so many others lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he.” Doc has told me the impact certain people have had in her life, especially those that believed in her when she was doubting herself. It’s important to remember that a kind word or lending support to someone feeling down can go a long way.
So this holiday, Doc and I wish you joy and a reminder that our greatest gift in life is each other.