Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.

It’s a Wonderful Life

The Uplifting Movie airs almost every year around this time, and the family gathers around the television to watch it. Hot dog! A catchy tune can be heard in the background:

Buffalo gals,
Can’t you come out tonight?
Can’t you come out tonight?
Can’t you come out tonight?

Buffalo gal,
Can’t you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon?

The story features George Bailey, who is experiencing the frustrations of a difficult season in his life. It is divided into two parts. The first features George’s biography, as told to Clarence, his guardian angel. From this biography, both Clarence and the viewer learn what George has done for his family and community. It is worthy of emulation.

The second part of the movie takes place during the present. Recent circumstances in George’s life seem perilous. He has become irritable, and he takes it out on people he cares about. When George realizes what he is doing to the people he loves, he reaches a breaking point. At the end of an unfortunate progression of events, George meets Clarence.  During their meeting, George tells Clarence he wishes he’d never been born. Clarence then proceeds to show George what life would have been like had he never existed. That reality is somewhat bleak and reminds the viewer of what a wonderful life George has led. George realizes this, too, and also remembers how much he loves life and the people in it. It is inspirational.

In one of the final scenes in the movie, George receives a gift from Clarence with the following inscription:

Remember no man is a failure who has friends.

I found the movie online tonight. I strongly recommend it during difficult seasons.

The following quote can be found in an earlier post:

May you know enough bad weather that you never take sunshine for granted, and enough good weather that your faith in the coming of spring is never shaken.

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One response

  1. I love this movie.

    I refuse to watch it as a kid, because in between Thanksgiving and January 6th, it came on 1,349 times.

    I finally watched it in its entirety one Sunday morning in mid-December 1991 and absolutely fell in love with it. I own a copy–a couple or Christmas ornamental homages to the flick, which are on my tree and I know quite a bit of the dialog by heart.

    It’s such a sweet film with a glorious message that good begets good. I know in the real world, that doesn’t always happen and if it does, it’s hardly happens as fast as we would like, but never the less, but whenever I watch this flick, it reminds me there there can be inherent good in Man.

    Happy viewing,
    LK
    Houston

    November 16, 2008 at 8:36 am

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