Being the pessimist who desperately tries to see the glass as half full kind of girl that I am, I have been trying hard to see the good and enjoy the good of this holiday season because if I don’t try it is just another day and week and month in another year. Plus there is the children. I must try for the children. So I settled down last night under my cozy, cuddly green blanket that a friend made me for one Christmas ago and watch It’s A Wonderful Life; which is, hands down, my favorite go-to holiday movie. Capra-corny as it is, I know. What can I say? I sometimes identify with good ol’ George Bailey sometimes wishing that I had never been born especially when things are especially sucky. Melodramatic, yes it is. But it’s who I am. I’m not the first self-sacrificing giver with big, fat feelings who has ever felt that in my lowest of low moments. Still being the self-sacrificing giver with big, fat feelings that I am, I do try to find good…especially when I feel weighed down by too much bad. So I play Christmas music as much as I can (except for Mariah Carey– sorry, not sorry), I visit Santa with my favorite son, I watch happy, happy children sing their hearts out at Christmas concerts. I smile when I’d much rather cry and I just keep trying to find the wonderful because it is out there.
So curled up with my new Zelda-kitty, I find myself watching It’s A Wonderful Life reciting the dialogue and I just have to share…on social media…
because it is 2013 and hey, anything to turn down the Phil Robertson – Duck Dynasty and Justine Sacco noise because there is so much more important things to think about and talk about rather than two people freely expressing their bigoted views while on their companies’ dime and time. So I put it out there simply saying:
It’s A Wonderful Life. Because…
and then it happened…
Friends began to answer:
I have two healthy and happy kids!!
All of my adult daughters are home for the holidays…and we’re only fighting a little!
Our whole family will be together for 5 days this Christmas
I know you…
Each person’s life touches so many other’s.
I have good friends that distance doesn’t matter with.
My children are in good places in their lives!
My brother is coming for Christmas today!!
We live, we breathe, we love, we’re loved, and we can still do good in the world.
Aw, you guys! I swear I could feel my heart grow three sizes bigger as I read all the replies. I know! That’s a totally different story.
It’s a wonderful life!
Thank you! Thank you, dear friends, for helping me appreciate so much more than just the Capra-corn.