Excerpt from: Time Goes By (click for full article)
There are numerous great films of the 1940s. After searching the back shelves of my memory bank, an all time favorite of mine is It’s A Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey and Donna Reed as Mary Hatcher.
It was a curious phenomena that I hadn’t seen the movie until the early 1990s. One of those great flicks that had fallen through the cracks of daily experience along with a myriad of other movies viewed.
I was in my mid-forties when one bitter cold winter’s evening I turned on the television and there was, It’s A Wonderful Life, right at the beginning.
This movie is great for it shows how deeply connected we all are to each other in ways totally not discernible and that our place in the great scheme of things does make a difference and is worthwhile despite the many vicissitudes we all struggle with.
We learn we can make a difference, that the measure of our worth has nothing to do with fame and fortune. I suspect this movie has touched literally thousands of lives to see a perspective of their own lives they had never considered before.