December 2 2019

By: Jackie Hook
Monday, December 2, 2019

This month our theme is “It’s a Wonderful Life!” One of my all-time favorite movies is It’s a Wonderful Life! When I was a child, it was shown multiple times each holiday season and every time Zuzu said, “Look, Daddy. Teacher says, ‘Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings,’” and Harry Bailey said, “To my big brother George, the richest man in town,” I’d tear up. These days, it’s only on Christmas Eve each year so I have to make sure to catch it and get my fix.

I think everybody should have the opportunity to be George Bailey and see what the world would be like if they never existed. If you haven’t seen this film, the synopsis is George Bailey gets into financial trouble and thinks his family and the rest of the world would be better off without him. Clarence, an angel trying to earn his wings, is given the task of helping George find his love of life again. To do so, Clarence takes George into a world where George had never been born and shows him the impact he’s had on the world. As a result, George longs to return to his life, even with its financial troubles. In the end the community of people he impacted come to George’s rescue, Clarence earns his wings, and George is dubbed the richest man in town.

First printed in The Centre County Gazette, November 27 – December 4, 2019

 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

March 30 2020

Below are the final two of Dr. Karen Wyatt’s seven ways to use grief to unite us from the End-of-Life University podcast, “How Grief Unites Us: To Stand Together for Love”: Find harmony with other...

March 23 2020

Continuing our discussion of Dr. Karen Wyatt’s seven ways to use grief to unite us from the End-of-Life University podcast, “How Grief Unites Us: To Stand Together for Love,” below are the next thr...

March 16 2020

In her End-of-Life University Podcast segment “How Grief Unites Us: To Stand Together for Love,” physician Karen Wyatt offers seven ways to utilize grief as a bridge to other people. Please know, d...

March 9 2020

Karen Wyatt, a physician and author, shared an End-of-Life University podcast entitled, “How Grief Unites Us: To Stand Together for Love.” In this segment, Karen spoke about how grief is a uni...

March 2 2020

This month our theme is “Grief Unites Us.” As I facilitate support gatherings, I’m often touched by the connections individuals make. When we’re grieving the loss of a loved one, we’re paying atten...

February 24 2020

To close out our theme of “Whispers of the Heart,” I want to share this poem from Joyce Rupp and encourage you to listen to the whispers and pay attention to the star in your heart. A Star In My H...

February 17 2020

In addition to the whispers of our hearts helping us feel the pain of our loss and moving it from the inside to the outside, the whispers can also remind us of our hidden wholeness. As Parker Palme...

February 10 2020

Alice Walker said, “In each of us, there is a little voice that knows exactly which way to go.” When we’re grieving, it may not feel like that. Our heart whispers might be quiet or they might be lo...

February 3 2020

This month our theme is “Whispers of the Heart.” I’m a big believer in listening to our hearts. We all have a head, a heart and a body and they each speak to us. Our hearts have a lot to say. When ...

January 27 2020

Another important piece of the “You got this!” encouragement for us as grievers includes reminding us to take care of ourselves. Grief can be exhausting and we need to be gentle with ourselves on t...