Christmas time is here and with it comes the season of movies about love, family and holiday spirit. If you work full time like the majority of the population you are probably extra busy this time of year, spending most of your free time running around shopping for gifts or preparing for you holiday parties. This doesn’t make it easy to sit down for two hours and watch cheesy holiday flicks. There is one movie though, that everyone should take the time to watch every year, no matter how busy you are: the Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life.
If you have never seen or heard of this movie I suggest you stop what your are doing and watch it. It’s A Wonderful life isn’t your average Christmas movie, it’s main theme is not centred around Santa or gifts but instead on the importance of friends. George Bailey is a man who appears average at first until you realize that he puts his heart and soul into absolutely everything he does. George’s hard work is taken for granted though, and after years of putting others first and receiving little in return he finally becomes fed up. George Bailey’s rival in the movie is Mr.Potter; a mean, cold-hearted business man who is the opposite of George and everything he stands for. George puts everything into his work, yet only has a small amount of money and an abundance of friends to show for it. Mr. Potter on the other hand works no harder than Mr. Bailey, and he’s the richest man in town! Sound familiar? In the business world this is a trend that is all too common; small business owners with unique ideas who put an incredible amount of effort into their work are, more often then not, drowned out by huge corporations who have only one thing in mind: money. It is all too easy to get frustrated when your hard work goes unrecognised and sometimes you can’t help but wonder if it’s all worth it! As the movie concludes George realises that the support of his family and friends is really all that he needs in order to be truly happy. Remember that at the end of the day the Mr. Potters of the world might have more money than the George Baileys but money can only bring so much into your life. If you are not compassionate, positive and hard-working you will definitely not leave a lasting impression on the people you meet, not a good impression anyway. If you weren’t already planning on it, take 2 hours over the holidays and sit down with your family or friends and watch George Bailey make this important realization. It might help remind you that you probably don’t give yourself enough credit, chances are people do genuinely appreciate all of your hard work but just don’t show it! “No man is a failure who has friends” – Clarence Odd body [feather_follow]