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We have all had those days. You get a speeding ticket on your way to work, your performance review is less than glowing, there's a run in your nylons by lunch and after work your car won't start. Your daughter comes home with a note from the teacher requesting a conference, the mortgage is late and you burn dinner because you are on the phone trying to settle a credit card dispute.

Though I make myself wait until after Thanksgiving to start my annual ritual of watching 'It's a Wonderful Life,' I replay scenes in my mind throughout the year as necessary. My financial woes don't seem as bad when to compared to poor George. At least an almost-angel doesn't have to save me from the police when I get a ticket (though I wish one would). I'm not losing my job to a greedy old man, and I haven't yet resorted to punching my daughter's teacher.

Watch a Clip From 'It's a Wonderful Life'

It may be an old black and white movie, but it still serves to remind me that I do make a difference in the world and that it wouldn't be better if I were never born. Like George, I too have friends and family who love me and would help me in any way they could. As bad as my life may seem some days, when I am at my lowest point, I can always count on Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra to remind me, that 'It's a Wonderful Life.'



Submitted by: Connie McBride



More On 'It's a Wonderful Life':
Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed
Directed by: Frank Capra
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