There’s an inscription in the book George Bailey receives in It’s a Wonderful Life. It read, “… remember, no man is a failure who has friends …”
George, of course, was pretty despondent facing embarrassment and bankruptcy for something that wasn’t his fault. He felt alone and a disappointment and failure to his family and friends. Through the power of prayer, his wingless guardian angel Clarence shows him how his life intersected with others, how their lives might have looked without him. George embraces his second chance as those same lives rally around him with love an support.
Well, I’m not George Bailey and I’m not despondent, although watching my two books — Heaven Shining Through and Wisdom From a Father — try to gain traction at the speed of a slug has been somewhat demoralizing. But Clarence’s emphasis on “friends” resonated with me yesterday. And it was just an ordinary act that triggered the tsunami of love.
Every year, I wish my family and friends a Merry Christmas. This year it was just a simple message, “Wishing You and Yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas” along with the attached graphic. I sent it to my message list, posted it on my social media platforms Facebook and Twitter, and shared it with groups I belong to. I wasn’t expecting anything — just sharing my wishes with the greater community.
Well, George’s bushel was overflowing and my social media platforms have exploded. At last count, there were 416 likes, loves and comments from around the world. I’ve reconnected with at least a half dozen friends, had two conversations and kindled two or three reconnections for friends or family.
I didn’t hear any bells ring so I’m not sure any angels got their wings, but as the classic flick is titled, It’s a Wonderful Life!
Wishing You and Yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled tree lights. — Maya Angelou