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I’ve seen and heard a number of references to the classic holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life” recently. First, our local newspaper, the Eugene Register-Guard, featured my company in an op-ed about how everyone should embrace their inner George Bailey, written by Bob Welch.

Pacific Continental Bank was quoted because of an unusual trend we’ve started: every new employee is asked to watch (or re-watch) this film. My colleagues and I admire Bailey because he’s the model community banker, using his influence for good by helping others. He was a man who truly put the community first, ahead of his own wants and needs. He gave up his honeymoon fund as well as his dreams of traveling the world, all to save the local bank. I encourage you to read the op-ed – it has a positive message for all audiences.

Another reminder of George Bailey this week came from training consultant Glenn Shepard’s newsletter, forwarded to me by a friend. Shepard takes the story of “It’s a Wonderful Life” to talk about how universal the life experience is, regardless of when you are living.

I related to this article very much considering all the new technologies (like this blog, for instance) that seem to separate us from our parents and grandparents. As Shepard points out, if you strip away the fads of each era – fashions, trends, and customs, you see that we all share in the same struggles; we are all just trying to live happy and productive lives. I highly recommend reading the list of problems George Bailey faced that are so similar to one’s we would face, like foreclosure, bankruptcy or struggling to provide for your family. It gives you some perspective for sure.

I hope for all the best to you and your loved ones this holiday, and look forward to writing in the New Year. It really is a wonderful life when we make it about others and not about ourselves!

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2 Responses to “It Is Indeed a Wonderful Life”

  1. Lisa Faust says:

    Thank you, Mitch, for your perspective and for the similarity of this classic movie and everyday life. Your last sentence hit home; “It really is a wonderful life when we make it about others and not about ourselves!”

    This statement is so true and very moving when you experience it first hand. The beauty is that when we set out to help others, or as it becomes second nature to us, the benefit of our actions come back to us over and over again. At least, that has been my experience.

    Thank you!

    Lisa Faust

  2. Mitch says:

    Thank you for your comment, Lisa. I especially appreciate your response because it is so hard to put the feeling you get from “giving” into words! I agree wholeheartedly that the payback is ongoing.

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