One technology that hasn’t
changed is the gymnasium dance floor that opened to a pool in
the movie. It actually exists, and was built by Beverly Hills
High School in 1939, where it’s
still in use today.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been
70 years since the classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful
Life” was released.
The changes in the cost of living
since then can be seen when the movie’s lead character, George
Bailey, explains that he supports a family of six on a weekly
salary of $45, and a nice house costs $5000.
in technology can be seen in the cars and phones used in the
But when it comes to people and the challenges
they face in everyday life, very little has changed.
1. George sacrifices his lifelong dream of
travelling around the world in order to keep the struggling
family business afloat.
2. He works long hours and comes
home so exhausted that he can hardly think.
3. He has to
put his own money into the business to keep it going, and even
uses his honeymoon money to get the business through a cash flow
4. Though he takes care of his family, he feels
like he’s not as good of a husband and father as they deserve.
5. He faces losing his business and imprisonment because of
one problem employee who carelessly loses $8,000.
When his youngest daughter ZuZu comes home with a cold, he
wrongly blames the teacher and yells at her.
7. His house is a never-ending home
8. He loses his temper under the stress,
and takes his problems out on the last people he should be
taking them out on – his family who loves him unconditionally.
9. When it seems like all hope is lost, he’s reminded that
what matters most is his family.
10. He describes himself
as “not much of a praying man”. But when he’s desperate, he
turns to God and says “Show me the way”.
In this fast
paced world in which we live, it’s easy to think our lives are
so different than those who came before us. But while
technology, prices and fashions change, not much else does.
People always face challenges in life, and it’s the way we
handle them that matters most.
It really is a wonderful
life – if you choose to see it that way.
Or you can
believe that you’ve got it worse than anyone before you, and sit
My wish for you is that no matter what
happens, you always choose the former. It’ll be the best
choice you ever made.
Merry Christmas from Nashville,
If you subscribed to this newsletter
back in 2011, you might remember an article titled “It’s a
Wonderful Life 65 Years Later”. In the 5 years since then, we’ve
seen changes in technology, business, and law, including Uber,
Airbnb, Amazon Prime, and the legalization of gay marriage and
marijuana. Yet people are still people, and always will be.
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