Your Wonderful Life

At the end of the classic Christmas film, It’s a Wonderful Life, the main character, George, realizes that his dreams of living a different life than his own is nothing like he imagined. He prays to God that he gets his life back, and when he realizes everything is back to normal he runs through his hometown of Bedford Falls thanking God and yelling jubilantly, “Merry Christmas!” He finds himself grateful even for the inconveniences and difficulties of life because after all he has the gift of life (! This movie helps illustrate for us the idea of envy or taking what we have for granted, and how it will keep our focus on what we don’t have rather than the life we should be thankful for.