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It’s a Wonderful Life – 70 Years Later


by Glenn Shepard
December 20, 2016
Category: Inspiration



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.

The changes in technology can be seen in the cars and phones used in the movie.

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 crunch.

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.

6. 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 repair project.

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 around complaining.

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, Tennessee,

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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