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It's a wonderful life

Every year growing up I watched It’s a Wonderful Life, I haven’t watched it in years, but I can probably quote most of the movie if prompted. For those of you who have never seen it, it is about a do gooder that gets stuck in his childhood town and feels like everyone got to get out but him. His Uncle loses the money needed to keep their business afloat and he considers ending it all. Clarence the Angel (without wings, he hasn’t been promoted yet) jumps into the icy water so that George Bailey will save him. George then gets his wish granted, that he was never born. He then gets to see what happens to all the people he loves without him in their life, it is a bleak picture, but then he discovers it isn’t true and all his friends and family come to his rescue financially and the movie ends with Clarence getting his wings.

“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, “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Hopefully I didn’t ruin the film, but since it came out in 1947 you have had ample opportunity to watch it! The thing that always strikes me is how almost all of us, at one time or another feel like George Bailey, like it would have been better if we had never been born, that life isn’t worth living and you want off the crazy merry go round of life. The holidays can be especially tough, it can serve as a reminder we haven’t reached the goals we had wanted to reach, or we don’t have the family or friends we wished we had to celebrate with, it can be a very lonely and isolating time of year for some of us.

We want to be happy, we want to look like those people in the commercials and those beaming faces on social media seem to taunt us. The fact is though that we often can relate better to that depressing Coke commercial, the one that runs on Pandora where they spoof “Twas the night before Christmas” where a Dad comes home from the store and the kids ignore him attached to their screens, but then he shows them a special “gift wrapped” coke, they actually pay attention to him and he says something like the day wasn’t great, but it turned out alright.

“You see George, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?” Clarence, “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Our lives will never be perfect, our house will probably never look as cool as those perfectly polished ones we see scrolling on IG, our outfits will never shine as perfectly as the tagged posts, but that is okay. From Social Media stars on downward to us “normal folk” we all have a purpose, even if it is “just” being Mommy and Daddy uber, or pet/plant parent extraordinaire. Maybe we will shine picking up an Annie’s snack box that someone dropped in a Costco parking lot (hey we all need our good deed moments), or we will be the ear a friend so desperately needs, or we will be the server in a soup kitchen, or a million other things that seem mundane to us, but to the person you are interacting with, it might be the brightest light in their dark day.

“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, “It’s a Wonderful Life”

We hope that each and everyone of you has a very Happy Holiday, a Merry Christmas, a Happy Christmas and a very good and blessed New Year!

Until 2019-Team SG

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” -Neil Gaiman

It's a Wonderful Life

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