By Bob Welch

Do you pay a trip to Bedford Falls each Christmas? Does December think incomplete with out a reminder that “no guy is a failure who has friends”? If George and Mary Bailey are annual visitors at your place through the vacations, you know that It’s an excellent Life is much greater than only a festive seasonal movie. It’s a mirrored image of what we will be able to be whilst we’re at our greatest and a reminder that our lives can switch each person round us—for larger or worse. Revisit the defining classes in Frank Capra’s 1946 vintage, and notice new dimensions of the movie you’ve visible again and again. What are you able to study from Mary’s quiet contentedness? Does George’s selflessness make you reconsider your personal priorities? and the way approximately Clarence’s dogged dedication to his project? sign up for writer Bob Welch for a close-up of the characters and subject matters that form this gorgeous tale. You’ll be reminded that life’s most crucial paintings is usually the paintings we by no means deliberate to do and that God can use the most...

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Not even she acknowledges knowing George, and how could she? After all, in Clarence’s ploy to make George understand how much his life has mattered, he shows him life as if he had never been born. After the encounter, the young Mr. Bailey is still convinced he’s been placed under “some kind of spell” by Clarence, his desperation mirrored in one of those dramatic Capra close-up shots of George’s face. It is a look of panic, of fear, of emotional discombobulation—quite the opposite of that upbeat close-up earlier in the movie, when Capra has his Wonder Boy freeze-frame while in pursuit of a suitcase so he can travel the world.

On a day full of lessons—we’ll visit some of the others later in the book—among the most important is this: don’t run away from your troubles. And the ink isn’t even dry on their marriage certificate when George and Mary get their first taste of theirs. Remember? They’re being whisked off to their two-week honeymoon in the back of Ernie’s cab, ostensibly headed for a train station. They’re planning a week in New York and a week in Bermuda. ” says George. ” says Ernie. ” You get the idea. ” And then, trouble.

And it galls him that despite his enormous wealth, he has found none of the three. ” When we realize our shortcomings, our character always determines which of two paths we’ll take. We can either (1) humble ourselves and, with a willingness to change, aspire to be more or (2) puff up with pride and, unwilling to change, rationalize our stubbornness. In the latter case, the leverage that moves our egos upward is the same force that pushes those we secretly envy downward. For Potter, to give any credit to the Baileys would be to discredit himself, because he knows he is the polar opposite of them.

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