Call me a sentimental sap, but every year without fail I have to watch one of my all-time favorite movies, It’s A Wonderful Life. I mean, if you dissect the movie, it has all the makings of the hero’s journey and then some. Leaving home (or wanting to), passion, deception, listening to our inner gut, redemption…and on…I’m sure you know the story quite well too.
But to me, of all the gems in the movie comes when Clarence says to George Bailey, “You’ve been given a great gift, you know. You get to see what the world would be like without you. You see, you really did have a wonderful life”. I played that scene over. And over again. Here George Bailey was ready to commit suicide because of what a failure he thought he was.
It made me think…
Far too often we think we travel this path of our life journey alone. And especially around the holidays we can feel more alone and more lonely than ever. And yet. I believe it is impossible to really be alone. We are connected to all of life. There are so many that make our lives full and complete. Also, angels we can’t see.
But often, we forget to hug and praise the most important one. Our soul that is there with us from the very beginning until the very end. The one that quietly says, it’s okay, tomorrow’s another day. When I wake up, I'll start over. George had temporarily lost sight of his inner best friend…That quiet wise soul that says, everything will be alright”.
I love this movie because it reminds me that everything doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. And just like in the movie, that every human being on this earth matters. And that’s a pretty damn powerful message.
Thank you for being in my life this crazy, upside down, heartbreakingly wonderful year,
Nancy + Team Sweet Bird