Sunday, December 19, 2010
Is YOURS a Wonderful Life?
Today it is quiet at my home. It is the last Sunday until Christmas, which presents a time to reflect and ponder the Season's blessings and miracles. Even though I should be wrapping presents or cleaning up my disaster of a craft room, I must write this entry while the muse leads me on. If the gift is given, don't let it go to waste!
I told you on Friday that I would let you know what is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. As with many people, I am sure, my fave is It's a Wonderful Life. I was talking to someone just the other day whom had not seen this particular movie, much to my surprise. If, in case, you have never had the Wonderful Life experience, please, please, I implore you to get it and watch it in its uncut version as it is meant to be viewed.
It is a lovely story and I cry like a baby each and every time I watch it. George reminds me of my dad and that makes it all the more emotional for me. The message of how we touch the lives of those around us, even complete strangers, without even knowing what influences we have on them is strong and powerful. Here is "George's prayer":
I was fortunate to see a television interview with Jimmy Stewart years ago. He was asked about It's a Wonderful Life and his role. He told how that was his favorite of all the movies he had made over the years. In elaborating about his role and the meaning of this movie, Mr. Stewart revealed that this particular scene had touched him when he read the first draft of the screenplay. However, it was during the filming of this scene that the enormity of its message hit him. Hit him so hard, in fact, that the director, Frank Capra, had to clear the set for a while to enable Mr. Stewart the opportunity to recover from the emotional impact. It was that cut that made it into the movie....the raw emotion exhibited by Mr. Stewart could have never been improved no matter how many more times they may have filmed it. Knowing the fact that the message of how we influence others just by our existence meant something to Jimmy Stewart, a famous actor and celebrity, makes the movie all the more special to me.
In the end of It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey discovers how truly wealthy he is, only not in the way he had always strived. Through the help of Clarence, George comes to the realization it is the people in our lives and how we touch those people through our actions that make us what we are. That, my friends, is something money cannot buy.
As I sit here writing, just as when I watch Wonderful Life, I ask myself if I have had a positive influence on people. Have I been kind to someone today? Have I snapped at someone who may have been having a hard time, thus making their day worse? Oh, I am sorely lacking in this aspect! We cannot see the ripple effect that our actions have as we live each day. Did I pay enough attention to those I love? Was I friendly to a stranger? Did I take the opportunity to reflect on the small things in my life and take appreciation in them? I try, oh, how I try, but some lessons are lost at times!
So to my friends and family, and even those who do not know me who may be reading this blog, I want each of you to know how much I love you, how dear you all are to me. This Christmas, I want for you all the blessing of a wonderful life - rich in friends, good health, loving family, pleasures big and small, experiences fulfilling and adventurous, and most of all much joy! I hope you have time to do your own reflections this week in the midst of the final preparations of Christmas weekend! Please leave a comment below to tell me what makes you rich beyond your wildest expectations!