I wonder what Basswood is doing for Christmas. My other kids are busy with their lives. Visiting family, making good things to eat, and the older two boys are enjoying a little time off from work. The girls and I watched "It's a Wonderful Life," which is my favorite movie and I try to watch it each year. George Bailey is my hero. He worked to make the world a better place, and stuck up for the underdog against the big bully even when it meant his dreams had to be on hold again...
George Bailey did have a fault though. He was not good at telling his family how much he appreciated them... What is the purpose of our lives? Is it not to try and make sure our friends and family have life better then we did? To try and encourage them to follow their dreams, to make the world a better place to live? To let them know we understand their struggles? To let them know we appreciate them?
My hope is not just for me or just for my kids. My hope is for each one of us. My hope is that when we come to the end of our days we will be able to look back and see that the world was, and is a better place because we were in it. I have always felt that if all I had to do was just one great thing... to be a hero in some way... life would be easy. What is hard is living each day. Doing what I should this day, because it is the right thing to do.
I remember my kids telling me one day that adults were lucky because they could do what ever they want. I do not know about you but I do not get to do all the things I want. Like right now I have to get ready for work... My kids were right. I do have a choice... I can choose to want to do what is best, for my kids, my family, my friends, the world. I can choose to want to make the world a better place.
I hope the world is a better place this Christmas because each of us is in it. Where ever you are... I appreciate you.