It is this time of year that we re-capture the spirit of what makes friends, family, and the community we live in so important. Each phone call, Christmas card, or email brings those connective salient points to the surface of our connection with those we hold so dear.
How can you not smile when you watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”? The story revolves around George Bailey. George has so many problems, he is thinking about ending it all… and it’s Christmas.
As the angels discuss George, George is about to jump from a bridge. He jumps into the river and ends up being rescued by a guardian angel looking to do a good deed and receive his angels wings. Clarence, the guardian angel shows George what life devoid of his family, friends, and the town of Bedford Falls would be without him having been born.
This heartwarming story has so many positive messages that resonate with family, friends, and the community we live in. It is a story I watch every year, either on Christmas, or New Years Eve. The story of “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a timeless tale of victory, defeat, and the re-birth of faith. At the end of the story another message prevails. The angel, Clarence, receives his wings for saving George. George realizes at the end of the movie how precious life is.
How can the spiritual message of Christmas be ignored? Then there is the beautiful site of Christmas trees lit with adorning colored lights, homes decorated to bring smiles to children and those that still have the spirit of the child within them.
I love this time of year. It is a time to let those you love and care about know how much they mean to you. Then there is the bonus of great food, beverages, Christmas music, and of course presents. What about possible trips to towns that are decorated with all the love and spirit of Christmas that resonates with all those that view the spectacle?
Becoming a part of this celebration is a lightning rod to connect to the New Year. The spirit of giving, and with it the happiness that comes with the reward of a smile is most certainly a priceless gift.
Living in this moment surrounded by the love of family and friends (even if they are distant) brings us to the best of what humanity has to offer. The spirit of connection and that inner smile that radiates, lifting our soul to spiritual heights rarely experienced the rest of the year.
Of course it is only human nature to think of those that are no longer with us. That is where our inner strength must prevail. Without the type of strength that transcends these thoughts we are lost in a quagmire of depression and anxiety.
The peacefulness that comes with bringing the most positive experiences we shared with those we miss, reinforces what they would want for us, peace, and tranquility.
As Santa climbs into his sleigh for another trip around the world it goes without saying, “Ho, Ho, Ho, and to all a Very Merry Christmas.”