It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Credit: moviefone.comSomewhere between angels and naked women in the bushes, George Bailey manages to see what the world would be like without someone like him standing up to Mr. Potter (the old miser, not the boy wizard).

 

Another classic film from Frank Capra, this one is probably his most famous. It’s also one of my personal favorites, mostly because it gives me great material for my secret Jimmy Stewart impersonations:

What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: If you ever hear someone singing “Buffalo Bill” don’t look inside the bushes.

George Bailey gave up his trip to Europe when his father died to straighten things out at home. He gave up his dreams of going to college when the family business he never wanted to run was going under. He and his wife gave up the money for their honeymoon to save that same business during the Depression.

Credit: transcanadacoyote.blogspot.comDoing the right thing rarely means doing the easy thing. Responsibility is hard.

In fact, the burden of life’s responsibilities can seem too much to handle at times. And when things aren’t going so well, we tend to be much too hard on ourselves. We see only our mountain of mistakes, and miss the more heavenly view of life’s large landscape.

A wonderful life isn’t a perfect circumstance. It’s a consistent choice to be happy despite our imperfections.

We hear the scripture “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” but we often forget that last part. It’s difficult to truly love other people without giving ourselves a little slack first. And despite what many of us might think of ourselves, most of us do far more good in this world than we do bad. As the angel told George Bailey:

Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

God sometimes sends angels to remind someone how important they are. The rest of us need to have faith that our day-to-day lives are making a much larger difference than we currently realize.

 “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.” – D&C 18:10

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