It’s A Wonderful Life
Unintentional narcissism seems to be the abiding sin of our age. We are so wrapped in in monitoring how we feel, what we need or want, or what others think of us that we seldom stop to think about what our presence might mean in this world.
We don’t do it because we are selfish. Most of the time, we’re not even aware that we are doing it. We are narcissists because we are afraid. Afraid that we are not good enough. Afraid that no matter how hard we work or deeply we love, loss and sorrow are only a heartbeat a way. It’s a very effective method of wasting time and never quite engaging reality. It’s also a humdinger of a way to live and die without ever recognizing that life is wonderful — even when we don’t know it. Even when we are to tired, or worried, or angry to notice, this is still a wonderful life.
Because life is wonderful all on its own. And as George Bailey comes to know, while that wonder is enhanced by our presence and participation — especially in the our impact on the lives of others — life’s wonderfulness is not contingent on our efforts. In other words, we don’t have to make life wonderful. It just is.
So today, let’s all throw our hands in the air, take a deep breath and jump headfirst into the wonder. It’s there for us, just waiting to be noticed.