25. It’s A Wonderful Life

25. It’s A Wonderful Life

  • It’s a Wonderful Life is my very favorite movie, the story of a man becoming aware of who he is and how he impacts all the other people in his life. Only when he comes to the end of himself is he able to stop, look and listen. C.S. Lewis talks about pain as God’s megaphone to the world and the end of ourselves as where God is and ultimate clarity can be found. This was true for George.
  • We can have a wonderful life when we remember what we were put on the planet for. For all the complexities of life, what we are asked to do is very simple. MIRROR BACK OUR CREATION TO OUR CREATOR. The process of mirroring back is to be thankful; to respect and love The One who gave us our designs and lives.
  • My challenge to you is to be comfortable about undertaking your unique journey. Be unapologetic about what is right in you. Be humble to seek out support in the areas you’re not designed to handle. Be loving in the way you are designed to love, and be understanding of how others express their love. Be yourself rolls simply off the tongue, but doing it demands awareness, subtlety, finesse…and, above all else, a willingness to grow.
  •  “Our journey is predetermined, but it’s the journey we go on that’s so important,” according to C.S. Lewis. There is a destination and a finite outcome to our journey. Along the way, we will make mistakes and have to make mid–course corrections. We will learn as we go…how to be who we are and how to honor that. My fervent hope is that, by my words, I’ve encouraged you to start your own journey.
  • There were two things my mother shared with us again and again as we grew up. Referring to the six of us children, she said, “No matter what, always look out for each other’s back.”  We weren’t experts in ability management, but we learned from our nurture to value and leverage the inherent, unique gifts of each member of the family. Instead of wearing each other down, we leaned into our abilities and learned to respect the abilities of the others. Some of us were better-looking than others, some smarter, some more competitive. But from the beginning of our lives, my parents positively reinforced to us that it didn’t matter. Their championing empowered me and it’s the best gift I can offer my family, friends and readers.
  • The other thing my mother used to say has shaped my life: “Just be yourself, John.” I’m passing it along to you.
  • Be yourself.
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