Movie Maniac: Life Lessons Learned in Movies, Music and Pop Culture

LESSON ONE: “No man is a failure who has friends.”

Good old Clarence finally did get his wings, and well-deserved. He left George Bailey of Bedford Falls with this gem after leading him on a slightly unorthodox trip in order to save him.

For those of you currently lost, I apologize. I’m talking about Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart. One of my all-time favorite movies, IAWL tore at my heart strings and still does. I still get teary-eyed watching it today.

Before I get into LESSON ONE, I’d like to briefly mention and explain the main reason why I love movies and books. The stories! Each and every one is a world ready to be created and cast in your mind. Most importantly, stories are transformative.

You may have read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in high school. Recalling the jail scene where Atticus stands up to the lynch mob only to be saved by his children, particularly his daughter Scout. You may remember quietly rooting for the two Finch children, identifying with them at that stage in life. Feeling the exhilaration and thrill of the success.

However, reading it later in life as a father or mother you suddenly find yourself as Atticus Finch and you’re staring at your two young children about to be taken into the hands of an armed mob.

This works with all forms of Story. So, as I watch the story of George Bailey’s life at the ripe age of 35 I find myself crying at different parts!

George Bailey sacrificed his dreams, wealth and travel and in the end helped bring the dreams of countless others true through his actions. In the end, it is his friends, not wealth, that saves him.

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