It's a Wonderful Life - Inspired by Movie Songs

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

This is my own "entry" into our latest song contest, which runs through Wednesday.

 

Ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed old TV shows and old movies.  Not all of them, mind you, just the good ones.  I have books in my home right now about the Three Stooges, Our Gang ("Little Rascals"), and the Twilight Zone.  Do I look at them often?  No.  Do I plan to get rid of them anytime soon?  Also no.

For those of you who know me, it may come as no surprise that my favorite movie of all time is "It's a Wonderful Life".  I try to watch it every Christmas, but sometimes I don't get a chance to see the whole thing.  It is funny to me that my favorite movie didn't come out during my lifetime.  In fact, this film was released the year that my mother was born. 

If by some chance you have never seen this movie, you are missing out on a significant cultural touchstone, as well as the valuable life lessons contained therein.  I have enjoyed this movie since I was a teenager, but it means much more to me as a man, and as a husband and father of three. 

 

George Bailey represents the hardworking average Joe (something that Jimmy Stewart excelled at portraying during his acting career).  Due to some hard financial times and other factors beyond his control, he is at the end of his rope and he doesn't want to live anymore. 

God sends a clumsy angel named Clarence to show George what the world would be like if George had never lived.  The ripple effect of his life is much larger than he ever considered - saving his war hero younger brother from drowning when they were kids, keeping the old pharmacist from poisoning someone and losing his business, rescuing his wife from a lonely existence.

This is true for all of us.  All of our lives have a God-given purpose.  There is a reason that you are here. 

 

I read a book recently that reminded me of this as well, and how this is something that every living person longs for.  Erwin McManus, in his book "Soul Cravings", discusses a suicidal girl who was sidetracked from killing herself and decided to live another day.  So what could have deterred her?  She was stopped by a co-worker in the hall who asked where the Coke machine was.  That was enough to give her a sense of purpose.

The final six minutes of "It's a Wonderful Life" shows George back on the bridge where he wanted to die when  the film opens.  This time, he wants to LIVE.  He prays, and his prayer is answered. 

After returning home, he is greeted with bill collectors, but more importantly, he is greeted by his loving family.  His unbridled joy is a pleasure to witness.

There is a huge outpouring of support from the community in order to help this man who has helped so many others.  Watching it today, it had a new meaning to me yet again, as I was reminded of the people in this community who send cards, money, emails, and prayers for my friend David who recently passed away.  I don't think I shared this before, but we raised roughly $5000 through the fundraising efforts here.  THAT is amazing to me.

 

I think most people want to feel like George Bailey, knowing that they have some sort of impact on the lives of friends, family, and even strangers that they come in contact with each day. 

When George's friends and family gather around him, they sing, "Hark!  The Herard Angels Sing!" and "Auld Lang Syne".  I usually think of this scene anytime I hear those particular songs.  I have NEVER watched this scene without crying, and today was no exception.  This scene is rife with emotion - the love of a man for his family, the love of friends, the relief of a big problem solved, the generosity of a community for one man in need, and don't forget it's Christmastime, too. 

The message from Clarence the angel in the book they find has always stuck with me, and I hope that it always will:

Remember no man is a failure who has friends.

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Lynn Johnson
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Jason - Thanks for sharing such a moving inspiration.  As we traverse the challenges of life and business, as many of us have recently experienced, the points taken from this movie can help keep us on track to truly understand what's most important in our lives.  A life of importance can be measured by the difference that we make in the lives of others - just like George learned.
Apr 26, 2008 05:29 AM #1
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Patrick Lambert
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Great job on raising the $5,000. Doesn't it just feel so good to do great things?
Apr 26, 2008 05:36 AM #2
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Debi Ernst
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My family loves to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" every year.  It's kind of like a tradition.  :)  Thanks for sharing!
Apr 26, 2008 06:13 AM #3
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LYNN - Thanks for your comments.  I agree completely with your take on this.
Apr 26, 2008 09:13 AM #4
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Paul Slaybaugh
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This might have been a winning entry had judges been permitted entry into the contest, Jason.  Very well done.
Apr 26, 2008 09:20 AM #5
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Jason Crouch
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PATRICK - It was great to be used by God for this particular purpose.  Yes, it felt really good to help.
Apr 26, 2008 11:02 AM #6
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Jo-Anne Smith
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hi Jason,

This is my favourite movie too.....I bought it many years ago and watch it every Christmas. It's absolutely the most insightful and inspiring film I've ever seen and Jimmy Stewart is my favourite actor of all time (he looks like my Grandfather's identical twin).

Thanks for writing about this....magnificent writing and message,

Jo 

Apr 26, 2008 11:11 AM #7
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Elaine Hanson
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One who has you for a friend, Jason, is truly wealthy.
Apr 26, 2008 11:12 AM #8
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DEBI - I am trying to start that tradition in our house now that my kids are getting old enough to enjoy this type of movie.  Thanks for stopping by!
Apr 26, 2008 12:35 PM #9
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L. Wayne Denton
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I also love this movie, yet seldom get to see it unless I am alone as there seems to be too many other things to see and do.  Jimmy Stewart is also the best actor ever and I am lucky enough to have met him in 1965 at the Indianappolis 500 Race where I got his autoograph and got to sit down and eat with him.  Truly a kind person to sit with me, asking questions, commenting on answers and trying to get my dissappointment away from the fact that "the woman I was in love with" at the time had so much make up on that she could not eat lat alone lower herself to even say hello.  It might have made the make up crack and fall off.  I remember Jimmy Stewart saying that Connie Stevens really was a nice person, but not to fall in love with her.  Real good post.
Apr 26, 2008 01:00 PM #10
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Melody Botting
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Jason- That is a great sentiment.  I love the movie as well.

Mr Denton- That is an amazing story.  Jimmy has always been on my favorites list.

Apr 26, 2008 01:13 PM #11
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Vicente A. Martinez
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Hi Jason. I must have seen this flick a couple of hundred times... and it keeps getting better every time I see it! Awesome review. Keep them coming.
Apr 26, 2008 01:20 PM #12
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Mara Hawks
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Great movie. You have some great pics posted! We always watch this on Christmas night.
Apr 26, 2008 01:59 PM #13
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Thesa Chambers
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Jason - I must confess something - I watch this move a couple times a year - all year - when ever I am down I pull out the vhs tape and watch it all over sometimes a couple times... it always makes me realized - It is a Wonderful Life
Apr 26, 2008 04:58 PM #14
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Jason, my friend.  This is a phenomenal 'entry.' 

I think we have probably all questioned our purpose at one time or another.  Does my presence truly matter?  The answer is a resounding yes.  Sometimes we just need a little help to recognize it.  I haven't read any of the other posts for the contest yet but if you could enter this would have to be a serious contender to win. 

Apr 26, 2008 09:09 PM #15
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Jason - I have the same tradition, I think I have mentioned this before to you! This is an all time favorite movie of mine and when the holidays come around, the baking is plentiful, the music and video is played as many times as I can.   Congratulations for raising so much money for David and his family. What a Wonderful Life this truly is and what a wonderful man you are to be blessed with David's friendship and the experience and message you have share with us all. Especially letting David's family see that even strangers from a online platform can love, share compassion and service which are God's greatest desires for us all. You, my brother have done wonderful things and no doubt your example will make all our lives a wonderful life. I'm so impressed to have experienced the"Life of David" with you. It truly is a wonderful life. Thank you for the video clip, I could watch that movie everyday! God Bless.
Apr 27, 2008 03:29 AM #16
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Deb Brooks
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Oh Jason, this was tremendous. You chose my favorite actor...I had a crush on Jimmy when I was young...one of my all time favorites and you gave it an award winning review! Just watching that small clip brought tears to my eyes!

And don't forget, xmas sheep everytime a bell rings...an angel gets their wings!

Later in the rain~Deb

Apr 27, 2008 05:28 AM #17
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Great pick Jason...good thing you are a Judge and not a participant...this is a great post ! I finally got mine in..thanks so much for being such an inspiration and giving us something to think and write about !
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I didn't see this until I was in my twenties. I had a boss who said that I reminded her of George Bailey. I have no idea what I said or did to merit that compliment, but I was shocked at what a great film. And, of course, cried like a baby.
Apr 29, 2008 07:44 PM #19
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