Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday December 21, 2014...It's a wonderful life

December 21, 2014

Approaching the end of another year, it is officially Winter now. It's been quite a year, personally, for many of the members of my family. Many health issues to deal with, but at the end of this year it appears that we will all survive and be of good cheer for next year.

I was watching “It's a wonderful life”, a movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. The story brought to mind the similarities in our lives today with what occurred to George Bailey in the movie. There was a calculating wealthy man, named Mr Potter, who wanted to increase his wealth and power at the expense of the working people in the town of Bedford Falls. George Bailey resists Mr Potter's efforts and makes his world a better place. The people of Bedford Falls turn out to support George when a crisis occurs and you can feel the love that this one man created by unselfishly trying to help others.

I sometimes forget that, although we are surrounded by Potters, there are unselfish, loving people out there who will willingly help others with no reward in mind. Our world right now is dominated by the Potters but, hopefully, the unselfish, loving people will triumph. I know that most all of the members of my family would easily qualify for the Bailey mode of life because they love and give freely when the need appears. I would hate to have a bunch of Potters in my family. Like George Bailey, in the movie, it takes some effort and some sacrifice to maintain that helpful, unselfish lifestyle, but the love that you create comes back multiplied and leaves a better world for everyone.

This is the season for giving and caring. Hopefully, that will spread to the Potters of our world today, and there are a lot of them out there - especially surrounding politicians.