Guys, this is my friend, George Bailey. George is in debt $8,000 and is thinking seriously of jumping off a bridge and committing suicide. I’ve tried telling him he has a wonderful life, but he won’t listen.
I’m hoping if this post gets enough notes, George will see that people love him and need him. The world wouldn’t be the same without him. Please, reblog this, or like it, or just spread the word.
George Bailey may be the protagonist but the real hero of the film is his wife Mary Bailey, who helps save his life through her steadfast devotion and consistently remains a stalwart confidant and enormously dependable wife and mother. In this essay I will
I pay a visit to Bedford Falls every Christmas to remind myself that “no man is a failure who has friends.” If George and Mary Bailey are annual guests at your home during the holidays, you already know that It’s A Wonderful Life, my all time favorite holiday movie.
It’s a reflection of what we can be when we’re at our best and a reminder that our lives can change everyone around us—for better or worse. The lessons I am reminded of each and every time I watch this holiday classic are:
Your Life Has Purpose - “Each man’s life touches so many other lives, and when he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” says the angel Clarence to George Bailey.
Always Be Yourself - George’s ambition to be more than he is creates a lot of his problems, and is the cause of much restlessness and unhappiness. This is not to say that we shouldn’t strive to better ourselves, but that maturity requires finding a balance.
Appreciate What You Have - During his tirade, George tells Mary, “Everything’s wrong!” But after his experience with Clarence, his whole perspective changes. This is because the stuff that does matter — family, friends, and faith — has now risen to such pre-eminence in his life that the rest doesn’t really matter.