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A Discouraged Man

Henry Travers and Jimmy Stewart in "It's a Wondeful Life" 1946 Frank Capra/Republic PIctures

Henry Travers and Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wondeful Life” 1946 Frank Capra/Republic PIctures

A man down on earth needs our help. Splendid! Is he sick? No. Worse. He’s discouraged.

Even if you’re not familiar with “It’s a Wonderful Life” that short dialogue is so evocative. It speaks to something deeply relevant in our lives – the need for others to lift us up when we need it the most, even if we don’t recognise that need ourself. Generosity meets humility.

I’ve shared it before here but I think  it’s always worth repeating…

Remember no man is a failure who has friends

The gift of friendship. Love. Encouragement. We all struggle and it’s those around us who make the difference.

It’s the message throughout “It’s a Wonderful Life” and each year as we watch the film again for me the message comes over stronger and stronger. It reminds me to look out for that discouraged friend. It reminds me when I feel despair that I have friends who always help.

Perhaps something for us all to reflect on as we start to stop and get ready to spend time with our loved ones over the Christmas holidays.

Be well. Love. Help others. Encourage.

Merry Christmas to you all.


About David Goddin

Passionate about People, Performance & Potential. Amongst many other things David Goddin is a consultant, coach, facilitator & mentor with extensive experience of transforming business performance and organisational effectiveness as a Senior Executive in large organisations. As the founder and Managing Director of Change Continuum, David now works with companies and business professionals who want to increase performance, accelerate change & unleash potential.


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