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The Greatest Gift

We are less than two weeks away from Christmas. Families and friends gather, gifts are exchanged, and we celebrate together. Oh, and we'll probably watch 'It's a Wonderful Life' on telly again.

I was chatting with a friend recently about favourite old movies, and he'd never heard of 'It's a Wonderful Life'. I was gobsmacked as I recall it being on telly most Christmas's and something I was encouraged to watch. 

The story is fairly simple. A man is unhappy with his life, and decides to end it. His name is George Pratt. As he's about to jump off a bridge, a man approaches him carrying a bag. George tells him that he wishes he'd never been born, and the man grants his wish. The man offers him the bag and sends him off to be a door-to-door salesman.

George discovers that many things which happened in his original life no longer happen because he was never born. Events such as saving a younger brother from drowing. He learns that his life has meaning. He realises that the lesson he's been taught is that the greatest gift of all is life and returns to the man on the bridge to ask for his life to be restored. It is, and it all ends happily ever after.

As you know, I receive regular emails from The Universe. Here's the note which inspired this blog:

"It isn't easy at first, Meriel, but one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone who makes your heart soar is the freedom to learn their own lessons, at their own pace.
Even trickier is discovering that one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone who gets on your nerves is the freedom to learn their own lessons, at their own pace.
And perhaps most challenging of all is understanding that one of the greatest gifts you could ever give yourself is the realization that your heart soaring and your nerves fraying have never been dependent upon other people and their lessons. Tallyho, The Universe"

Merry Christmas x

 

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