Monday, December 23, 2013

The George Baileys in Your Life

Do you know any George Baileys?  You know the kind. They are just like the character George Bailey in Frank Capra's movie, It's A Wonderful Life They are that person in your life that is always giving.  They work for the good of others, instead of for themselves.  And they just do it without asking for something in return.

Everyone knows a George Bailey.  They worry about your problems as much as their own.  They usually say yes to whatever you need.  They answer your call in the middle of the night, when other's don't even hear the phone.  They let their own house stay messy, while they are busy cleaning yours.  They make soup for you when you are sick, but don't tell you that they are coming down with the same thing.  There's always a George Bailey somewhere.

Helping Hands. Image from Office

These George Baileys have hopes and goals just like everyone else.  Frank Capra's George Bailey wanted to see the world and leave Bedford Falls.  He wanted to change the world.  But he never did leave because real life got in the way--and he let it.  He let the needs of other's be more important than his own.  And though he didn't realize it, he did change the world--at least the world of Bedford Falls.

So I am asking you today, do you know any George Baileys?  It shouldn't take long for you to think of the George Bailey in your life.  There is always one around.  Maybe it's your co-worker?  Your neighbor?  Your mom?  Your religious leader?  Your spouse?  Maybe it's . . . you?

Give something back to your George Bailey.  And I don't mean just a plate of cookies on their doorstep (though they are always nice to have).  Give them something meaningful.  Help them serve others.  Christmas is a hard time for the George Baileys of the world.  They see so much pain and need, and they give so much of themselves.  They may not say it, but they have hardships too.

And I think that as we help the George Bailey in our lives, we'll find our own inner peace.  Little by little we'll make our own corner of Bedford Falls a better place to live.  And we'll see that we too are a George Bailey after all.

I originally wrote this post for MMB.  It was published there a week or so ago.  I decided to share it here too.  Thanks for reading.


  1. I know its slightly off topic, but I just ran in the It's a Wonderful Run, in Seneca Falls, where the movie It's a wonderful life took place. There are many George Bailey's out there and thanks for the reminder to point that out to a few people too. Merry Christmas.

    1. How cool. It's a wonderful run! Love the idea. We all could be a little more like George Bailey. Thanks for visiting!

  2. My Dad was the George Bailey in the lives of many. We lost him in June. He is very missed by many. Especially my family and most of all Momma.

    1. Oh so sorry to hear that he has passed on. How wonderful to know there have been and always will be good people like him in the world!


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