Lasso the Moon.
George was an intriguing chap. Full of ambition, energy, optimism, hope, certainty, cheer….
In “It’s a Wonderful Life”, he has the kindness and compassion we all seek in both ourselves and others. But as you see, George finds himself in the topsy-turvy results of navigating those choices. And feeling stuck along this road he himself has navigated, falls into a depth of sadness he can’t escape. He loves. He endures loss. He laughs. He endures humility. He wins and seeks adventure. He retreats and gives to others so they may find their own fruitful wins. He is conflicted, fearful, humble but also internally limited by his own choices. His own choices. Sure, he had the opportunity to choose differently, but did he? Some would say yes. Some no. Each of us have our own path, but the challenges that befriend us are not always our choice. Our reaction however is the choice.
Sure, in 1946, promising to ‘Lasso the Moon’ for Mary, the partner of his dreams, was a wonderful, romantic commitment of forever. As we all look at our current losses and loves however, can we promise the same? To have someone want to lasso the moon is an amazing gift when it means real commitment and unconditional love through better or worse. Our parents offer that unconditionally. We offer that to our children. ……And without question, without conflict, without resentment.
In the end, George is shown the light. He sees the beauty of what he had all along. Good health and family who love him, regardless of an ever-changing path that wasn’t always what he wanted inside but knew he had to do. He trusted his instinct, his inner voice.
Regardless of your answer today, it will change. Such is life. Change and more change.
Cheers to a holiday movie tradition and a year ahead for all of us that not only promises change but also guarantees. And thankfully so.
to the moon and back,